PHOENIX - The Phoenix Fire Department discovered a body while extinguishing a brush fire near Interstate 17 and Dixileta Road early Saturday morning.
A police officer was flagged down upon the discovery and the area secured.
It's unknown if the victim is male or female due to the fire, and it's being treated as a homicide, according to Phoenix police.
A dark, possibly black SUV was reportedly seen leaving the scene of the fire with the lights off while it was still dark outside.
Police say it was described as possibly being a Jeep, perhaps a Cherokee, and was towing a small open-style utility trailer.
The vehicle was last seen on Dixileta Road toward I-17, and would have had to use the south frontage road. It's not known if it did in fact get onto I-17.
Anyone with information can call the Phoenix Police Department Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480- WITNESS, 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.
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