Burned body inside box trailer leads to homicide investigation in South County


Photo by Erin Achenbach

File photo. Police shot a man approaching them with a metal pipe in March 2019 at Lemay Ferry and Butler Hill roads in Oakville, sending the suspect to the hospital. The suspect sustained serious injuries. Photo by Erin Achenbach.

Authorities opened a homicide investigation in South County Saturday night after a box trailer was burned with someone inside in Lemay.

The St. Louis County Police Department received a 911 call around 7:45 p.m. that led them to the 200 block of Avenue H in South County, by the railroad tracks.

Responding officers from the South County Precinct found a box trailer that had been burned with a person inside.

The person was severely burned and pronounced dead at the scene, the department said.

The Bureau of Crimes Against Persons is leading the homicide investigation, which remains “very active at this time,” the SLCPD said Sunday morning.

Police did not release any other information at this time.

Investigators from the St. Louis County Police Department ask anyone with information to call 636-529-8210 to speak to investigators regarding the incident.

To remain anonymous or potentially receive a reward, contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371TIPS(8477) if you have any information regarding the incident.