WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in the St. Clair County village of Washington Park say they found the remains of a body in a car trunk after firefighters extinguished a fire in the vehicle.
The Belleville News Democrats reports the body was found Saturday night. Washington Park Assistant Police Chief James Mister says the body was so badly burned that's it's not known whether the person was male or female.
He says a neighbor saw the car fire and called 911.
The body was discovered when a firefighter noticed what appeared to be a bone, forced open the trunk and found the charred remains.
Authorities are asking the public to provide information that might lead to the identification of the body.
CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. (AP) - Two men who were riding in a gyrocopter are alive after the copter plunged about 20 feet to the ground south of St. Louis.
The accident happened Sunday afternoon at the Festus Airport in Jefferson County, Mo. Names and conditions of the men have not been released.
Authorities say the gyrocopter crashed in a grassy area near the runway. Emergency workers arrived to find one of the men still in the aircraft. He was taken to a hospital.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
The copter is an experimental aircraft that looks like a small helicopter.
A house fire in Mehlville overnight has claimed the life of a young boy.
Firefighters rushed to a home on the 700 block of Hinder Drive at around 12:15 a.m. and found the boy in his bedroom. He later died at St. Anthony's Hospital. The victim is identified as 7 year old Brian Davis. His grandmother suffered a foot injury after jumping from a second-story window. His 13 year old sister was able to escape through the front door.
The 13-year-old and the grandmother were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released.
The St. Louis County Bomb and Arson Unit is investigating the cause of the fire.