According to search warrants, the car was a gray 1989 Chevrolet Caprice. Old Southwest residents said Dwight Eugene Cecil, whose body was found inside, was the owner.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Roanoke police have identified the body found in a burning vehicle in Old Southwest early Monday.
Police said the person in the car was Dwight Eugene Cecil, 69, of Roanoke.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said.
Police were called to a vehicle fire in the 400 block of Allison Avenue shortly before 4 a.m.
After extinguishing the fire, they found a body in the driver’s seat, Sgt. J.K. Holt said Monday.
According to search warrants filed in Roanoke Circuit Court , the car was a gray 1989 Chevrolet Caprice four-door sedan.
Police seized the burned car as evidence and are searching it in an attempt to determine what caused the fire.
Neighbors said that Cecil owned the car. Jim Adkins, who lives in a house on the street, said the vehicle was old and rarely driven. He said Cecil usually drove a different car.
However, Adkins said Monday that it wasn’t unusual for Cecil to occasionally start the car while it was parked on the street, just to let it run.
According to Adkins, Cecil had been in poor health, shuttling between treatment facilities and the Allison Avenue apartment house where he had lived for at least nine years.
A warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court said Roanoke police searched Cecil’s apartment and seized a cellphone.