The man found dead Sunday inside a car that had been engulfed in flames was identified through an autopsy Monday as Videll Hanks of Nampa, but how he died, and when, have not yet been established, Nampa police said Tuesday afternoon.
Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris said Monday night that investigators are waiting for toxicology and other results.
At this point, it has not been determined whether Hanks died in the fire or was already dead when it broke out, NPD Sgt. Tim Riha said.
"It's still being investigated as a suspicous death" or homicide, Riha said.
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Firefighters responded to a car fire in the parking lot of an apartment building near Victory Road and Sugar Avenue about 3:40 a.m. Sunday, and discovered a body in the passenger seat after they extinguished the fire. When firefighters arrived, they saw two people near the car who may have been trying to help the victim, but they were gone when police arrived, police said.
Hanks apparently did not live at the apartment complex, Riha said.
Investigators would like to talk to those people and anyone with information about the fire and Hanks’ death. Call Nampa police at 465-2257 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
The fire consumed the maroon 1998 Volvo sedan.
“This is a tragic event. The Nampa Police Department appreciates all of the support and help from the public to aid us in finding out the facts of this case,” Detective Sgt. Don Peck said. “We want to bring closure for the family of Mr. Hanks.”
“They couldn’t tell if anyone was in the car because of the nature of the fire — the size,” Peck said.
After firefighters put out the blaze, they found a man’s body in the passenger side of the vehicle.