POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 8:07am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — [Editor's Note: NewsChannel 9 does not typically report on suicides, however, due to the nature and initial interest in this story, we have chosen to update the public.]
Update:The El Paso Police Department has ruled the death of a man in an Upper Valley park as a suicide.
EPFD responded to the call of a car fire around 2:22 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in Valley Creek Park near the intersection of Gomez Rd and Upper Valley Rd. When they extinguished the fire, they found the body of a 21-year-old man inside the car.
EPPD has since determined that the young man was depressed and chose to take his life. The case has been ruled a suicide and closed. Out of respect of the family, EPPD has not released the name of the young man.
Earlier (Tuesday, March 4): El Paso Police are investigating a body that was discovered inside a burned car in an Upper Valley park Tuesday afternoon.
EPPD confirm that they were dispatched to a vehicle fire at 2:22 p.m. Tuesday near at Valley Creek Park near the intersection of Gomez Road and Upper Valley Road. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they discovered the remains of a man inside of the burned out car.
Police investigators would not say if the body was located in the driver's or passenger seat of the car. The death is being treated as a homicide, because it is an unattended death. A police helicopter is searching the area as protocol, but has not turned up anything suspicious.
El Paso Police say that neighbors in the area should not be concerned for their safety at this time. We will continue to follow any developments in this story.