Autopsy Results in on Burned Body Found Inside an SUV - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Autopsy Results in on Burned Body Found Inside an SUV

Posted: Updated:
Burned body found in an SUV near Richland Burned body found in an SUV near Richland

UPDATE: The Benton County Coroner's Office conducted and autopsy Friday on Carol Haugen, a 55-year-old Kennewick woman, who died in an SUV fire on November 16, 2015 near the west end of Gage Blvd near Richland.

Coroner John Hansens said "preliminary results are the death resulted from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, but a final determination will have to wait until toxicology tests are completed. This will take approximately 8 weeks."

Hansens also said that "no foul play is suspected and all indications are that this was an accidental death."

Benton County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation.


RICHLAND, WA - The Benton County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday he has tentatively identified the person recovered from the burned out vehicle located at the end of Gage Blvd. on Monday as Carol Jean Haugen, 55, from Kennewick.

Burned SUV With a Body Inside Found Near a Richland Neighborhood

Coroner John Hansens said an autopsy will be conducted on Friday November 20th when cause of death will be determined at that time.

Hansens also said "Complete confirmation of the identity may have to wait for dental or DNA results, but given the facts as we currently know them, we believe our conclusions are correct. The evidence is based on the ownership of the vehicle, witness reports of the physical description of the driver and evidence found in the vehicle."