Burning body found at Harris Lake Park
Posted February 5
Updated February 9
Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the golfers spotted the fire in a wooded area about 50 feet off the golf course and, in trying to put it out, realized that it was a body and called 911.
Deputies closed the park at about 1:15 p.m. to accommodate an investigation, but they were unable to quickly identify the person. The body was so badly burned that investigators have not determined if it was male or female.
Harrison said Monday that investigators don't suspect foul play and that a propane tank and a cellphone were found near the body.
Investigators spent Sunday afternoon trying to match park visitors to the cars in the parking lot, and they came up one short.
Harrison said investigators believe they know who the person is, but they are not releasing a name until they are able to confirm through dental records.
Search warrants returned on Thursday state that investigators linked a Ford Focus found at the park to an Apex woman who was last seen Sunday morning. In searching the woman's home, they found a journal with information on how to start a fire, the warrants state.