Death along I-95 being investigated
Awomanwhose body was found in a burning vehicle along I-95 in Abingdon on Thursday night did not die as a result of an accident or vehicle malfunction, according to police and fire investigators. The body of the victim, who has not been positively identified, has been taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy, according to Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire, who said the death is being jointly investigated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Maryland State Police. “We have no reason to believe this was accidental,” Alkire said Friday evening, explaining that the fire was delib- erately started. Passersby reported a 2007 BMW sport utility vehicle on fire along the right shoulder of the southbound lanes of I-95 near the Route 24 Bel Air/Abingdon interchange at 9:35 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters from the Abingdon and Joppa-Magnolia volunteer fire companies responded. Police and firefighters initially thought there had been some kind of accident and, upon putting out the fire, the remains of a person, later determined to be a female, were found in the front seat, Alkire said. Additional investigation concluded the vehicle was not in an accident nor had it experienced a mechanical failure that would have caused a fire.