Woman found dead in burning car in Lower Haight 

A charred female's body was discovered in a car that caught fire in the Lower Haight early Monday, police said.

Firefighters made the grisly find after putting out the fire on Rose Street near Webster Street around 3:30 a.m. The body was in the passenger-side seat of the two-door Pontiac, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Police don’t yet know whether it was a homicide or an accident, Esparza said.

“The body was pretty severely burnt,” he said.

Police did not know the age or race of the victim.

Esparza said the car was a gray or silver 2-door Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am, possibly a newer model.

Arson and homicide investigators remained at the scene for several hours, blocking off Webster Avenue between Haight and Page streets and the 400 block of Rose Street.

The investigators planned to examine surveillance video from cameras that are located a block away at Haight and Webster streets, Esparza said. Cops canvassed the neighborhood, talking with neighbors, hoping for witnesses.

The car, with the body still in it, was set to be towed to a police facility for further investigation, Esparza said.

Police ask anyone with information to call their tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text information to TIP411.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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