GARDEN GROVE (CBSLA) — A burned body was found by firefighters early Tuesday morning as they put out a car fire in a Garden Grove strip mall parking lot.

The gruesome discovery was made after firefighters extinguished the fire, which had been reported at about 3:30 a.m. in the 9800 block of Garden Grove Boulevard.

The body was burned so badly, firefighters could not tell whether it was a man or a woman. The death is being investigated as “suspicious.”

The only witness police have so far is the person who first spotted the burning car. Garden Grove police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said detectives are on scene, and are canvassing the area for more witnesses.

“The video is motion activated. It showed the vehicle arriving this morning, and about 20 or 30 minutes after the vehicle arrived, it was on fire,” Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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