Police are investigating the discovery of a burning body in the Crescentville section of the city early Tuesday.
Investigators tell NBC10’s Marisa Brahney that fire crews were called to the scene in Tacony Creek Park for reports of burning garbage. What they found in an isolated wooded area was a man’s body burned beyond recognition.
“When they were extinguishing the trash, they realized there was also a human body on fire,” Chief Inspector Scott Small tells NBC10.
They say the body was bound by an electrical cord. The cord was tied around his ankles, wrists and neck. The body was also tied to a large auto jack, according to authorities.
“The kind of jack that would be used in a garage to jack up a vehicle,” Small said.
Investigators believe gasoline was used to start the fire.
Police are checking missing persons reports to try and identify the victim and continue to investigate.
“We were able to discover some private surveillance cameras, so hopefully they’ll give us some information as to who the killer is,” according to Small.
It is unknown if the victim was dead before he was set on fire.