ID, cause of death determined for victim found in burned vehicle

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- It was a brazen crime that left few initial clues. A body, suffering from gunshot wounds badly burned in a car deliberately set on fire Sunday morning in a heavily populated area of Deer Creek Canyon in Jefferson County.

On Wednesday, sheriff's investigators said they have made significant progress. Using forensic and other evidence, they identified the victim as 44-year-old Jason Dosa of Parker.

Detectives said they have also figured out who the burned vehicle belonged to. They said it was not stolen and they have talked to the owner but are not saying what if any connection that person had to the victim.

On Monday, sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer said, "The death is very suspicious in nature. We are at ground zero for the launch of this investigation. We have a long way to go."

Dosa has had minor run-ins with the law. His family said he was a loving husband and father of two children.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said a large team of investigators is working on the crime and following numerous leads, but she cannot give details.

Anyone who might have seen suspicious activity is asked to call 303-271-5612 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.