Human remains found in fire pit debris after Cary firefighters respond to illegal burn: Cary PD

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Monday, March 20, 2023
Illegal burn call leads to discovery of human remains: Cary PD
Fire call leads to the discovery of human remains in a fire pit, Cary police confirm.

CARY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Sonya Teixeira can't believe what police say happened at this home on Dorset Drive.

"It's shocking. It's shocking," Teixeira said.

Just doors down from her home firefighters discovered human remains burning in a fire pit along with trash and debris. According to police, the Cary Fire Department was dispatched to fire around 7:15 a.m. Sunday. After extinguishing the fire, crews called the police after finding found human remains in the debris of a fire pit.

The homeowner was found in an RV with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and is in the hospital in critical condition. A woman was also found on the property who was not harmed. Police have not released any names of the people who were involved.

One neighbor said she welcomed the homeowner to the neighborhood and even made him dinner.

She is also among those who are concerned. So is David Welsh, a parent who lives nearby.

"It's the fact that there's remains burning in a fire pit. But yeah, it's it is very interesting. We didn't even hear gunshots. Granted It was early in the morning, but it's just, it's crazy to me," said Welsh.

It's also concerning. "It is very unheard of around here for sure. So hopefully they find out more and let us know more as soon as they can," said Welsh.

Cary police said the homeowner was renovating the house and burning trash from the home. Investigators also shared the man lived in the RV while the home was undergoing the remodel.

Police said they were unable to tell the person's gender or race due to the condition of the remains.

In 2022, Cary was named America's Safest City by Good Hire, a background check company. They use FBI crime data to determine the safest and least safe cities in the country. The study looked at the property, violent, and society crimes, then ranked each city by its rate of offenses per 1,000 people.

Cary is named safest city in America by background check company Goodhire.

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