Woman’s body found burning on Antioch trail early Monday morning

Police, fire department personnel investigate the scene of a woman’s body found on fire along the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail in Antioch, Monday morning, Oct. 17, 2022. Photo by Mike Burkholder. Published with permission.

Police seek suspect(s)

By Lieutenant John Fortner, Investigations Bureau, Antioch Police Department

On Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, at approximately 5:36 AM, a resident called the Antioch Dispatch Center to report a small fire on the paved Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail north of Lopez Drive, between Gentrytown Drive and Contra Loma Boulevard.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to the area and located a human body on fire. The CCCFPD requested Antioch police to respond to the scene as they worked to extinguish the fire. Several Antioch police officers responded to the scene along with CCCFPD Arson investigators.

Unfortunately, the victim succumbed to their injuries at the scene, and the remains were determined to be a female. The suspect(s) left the scene and have not been located.

Antioch Police Department’s Investigations Bureau, consisting of Crime Scene Investigators and detectives with the Violent Crimes and Special Operations Units, responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. At this time, the identity, age and race of the victim is unknown.

Currently, detectives are interviewing witnesses and residents in the area and are working to identify the victim and any suspects or persons-of-interest. The investigation is still active, and evidence is being collected.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441, or Detective Whitaker at 925-779-6890 / wwhitaker@antiochca.gov. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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