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Search for clues continues in case of body in burned car

Notes from friends and loved ones of the victim are found at a makeshift memorial in the desert area where the vehicle was found. Notes from friends and loved ones of the victim are found at a makeshift memorial in the desert area where the vehicle was found.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Police continue to search for clues in the murder of a Tucson man whose body was found inside a burning vehicle last week.

23-year-old Louie Sagala was found in the trunk of a silver, two-door car that was torched Thursday afternoon near Dogwood Avenue and Poinciana Drive.

Notes from friends and loved ones of the victim are found at a makeshift memorial in the desert area where the vehicle was found. 

"Tucson Fire Department responded with us, this was reference a vehicle fire," said Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer.  "As Tucson Fire was putting out the fire, they located a human body in the trunk of the vehicle."

Jody Maki was walking near her home Thursday afternoon when she noticed all the commotion, a lot of black smoke in the air.

"I went 'Wow!' -- wonder what's going on down there?" Maki said.

When she found out, it wasn't exactly what she expected in this usually-quiet neighborhood near Tucson's Boneyard.

"Oh yeah, oh yeah," she said. "It's not something you think of. You don't really have burning cars with bodies in the trunk on a regular basis -- so that's new for me, yeah."

Same goes for Stephen Snyder.

"I hope it happened somewhere else and not here, maybe it was brought here or something," he said.

Snyder's lived in this neighborhood for 30 years.

He raised six kids here and several grandchildren.

Nobody in his family is familiar with the silver, burned out car now associated with a murder scene.

"We all asked each other if anybody knows of the car or anything and I don't remember a silver Honda around here," Snyder said.

Which is why authorities want to talk to anybody who may remember something.

As investigators arrived on scene last week, we're told several people scattered before police could talk to them.

These aren't people of interest per say.

Tough authorities would like to talk to the them and ask them what they saw, if anything.

"This desert area has a lot of trails in it," Sgt. Widmer said.  "Apparently a lot of people ride their bikes, ATVs out here so it's possible somebody could have been out there and saw something before this happened or even after this happened. They could give us some information."

If you have any information, call 911 or 88-CRIME, the Pima County Attorney's anonymous tip line.  A reward up to $1,000 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest in this unsolved case.

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