Five bodies found in burned vehicle

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PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- Five bodies were discovered Saturday in a burned vehicle off Interstate 8 at milepost 151 in the Vekol Valley area.

Border Patrol said early Saturday morning they attempted to stop an SUV but were unsuccessful. A few hours later they came across the burned vehicle with several bodies inside.

Investigators said that no one was found in the driver’s seat or passenger’s seat. There was one body in the back seat and four more piled up in the back of the vehicle.

It is still too early to identify the bodies, and a possible motive has not been determined.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu did note that Vekol Valley is known for drug trafficking.

With the bodies and the vehicle’s license plate burned beyond recognition, investigators are waiting to hear back from the medical examiner.

Detectives are also combing the area for anyone who could be related to one of the victims.