Two found dead in burned out truck in Weld County, circumstances called ‘suspicious’

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NUNN, Colo. -- Two victims were found dead in a vehicle fire in Weld County late Saturday night, the Weld County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office was originally investigating this as a traffic accident, but said it now appears suspicious. Investigators didn't release any other details Monday.

Background

Deputies responded after 10 p.m.  Saturday to a vehicle fire near the intersection of Weld County Road 96 and Weld County Road 57 near Nunn. The area is just west of the Baker Draw Designated Shooting Area.

The Nunn Fire Department also responded and put out the fire. Two passengers in the vehicle were declared dead at the scene. The victims have not been identified.

The Colorado State Patrol said the truck was driving southbound on Weld County Road 57 when it rolled down an embankment and was found fully engulfed.

"The only facts we know for sure are that this truck was, at one time, southbound on this road, rolled down the embankment to where it's at rest right now and caught fire,” said Charles Hines with Colorado State Patrol.

The fire also spread to nearby grassland, CSP said. Homicide investigators were seen taking photos of the inside of the vehicle as deputies protected the scene. The sheriff's office has not confirmed whether it was investigating the accident as a homicide.

Initial reports that one occupant suffered a gunshot wound to the head were confirmed false, CSP said. CSP and the sheriff's office are conducting a joint investigation. An arson investigator was also on the scene.

The investigation will likely be prolonged because of the excessive damage to the vehicle and firefighter foot traffic at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Weld County Sherriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 1-800-444-3776.

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