Body found in burning car is that of missing man - FOX 35 News Orlando

Body found in burning car is that of missing Winter Garden man

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Orange County homicide detectives have confirmed that a body found inside a burning car early Thursday morning is that of a missing Winter Garden man.

Frank Wright Sr. had been missing for two days, last seen by family members around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"He left the house, and he told me he was going fishing," said wife Rosa Wright.

The 65-year-old man left his Winter Garden home but never returned.  His wife said he often went to a home in Apopka, where his late mother lived.  He would store his fish in the freezer at the house, located at 309 McQueen Rd.

According to deputies, something happened during his last visit to the home.

"Some cabinets were open, containers left open," said Jeff Williamson with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.  "Also, the residence was unsecured, and everyone we spoke to said that's not like him to leave the place in disarray and to leave his place unsecured."

As investigators were working this missing person's case, Orange County firefighters were called out to the scene of a house fire early Thursday morning, at what was believed to be a vacant home.  While extinguishing the fire at the home, located at 7466 Radiant Circle, they found a body inside a burned car which was parked in the garage.

The Orange County Medical Examiner has preliminarily identified the remains discovered in the burning vehicle as those of Frank Wright Sr.  While this was unfolding, investigators said the man's missing truck and boat/trailer were discovered at 1701 Lee Road in Winter Park.  

Investigators know that the burned car, a Honda Accord, was stolen from the Carver Shores area and reported to the Orlando Police Department.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen the truck and boat combo anytime on Wednesday or into Thursday morning, to contact law enforcement directly, or call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

 

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