Investigators have so far determined that the victim was a woman, and on Thursday police said that the victim was likely in her 20s.
However, the Office of the Medical Investigator ha no more information to release that would help police determine who the victim was or why she was killed.
Albuquerque police say the body found burned in the trunk of a car Friday night was that of a female.
“The (Office of the Medical Investigator) could only determine her age to be under 50,” according to a police statement.
Police said more testing and investigation is needed to identify the person and determine the specific cause of death.
Albuquerque Fire Department arson investigator also are investigating the case, police said.
As police released new information about the case, they asked the public for help in finding 33-year-old Guadalupe Lopez. Police said she “has a possible connection to the Mustang,” and detectives have been unable to locate her and want to check on her welfare.
3:31 p.m. — A charred body was found in the trunk of a burning Ford Mustang in a cul de sac Friday night, and the Office of the Medical Investigator has to examine the remains’ dental records to get any clue to whom they belong.
Police arrived around 10 p.m. Friday to find the car in flame at a cul de sac off Atrisco Drive south of the Walmart near Coors Boulevard and Interstate 40.
Investigators later discovered a body in the trunk of the Mustang, which had been reported stolen to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office less than a week ago, according to an APD spokesman.
The OMI is still determining whether the person inside the trunk was killed from the fire or was already dead, but that investigation could be time consuming, the spokesman said.