Skeletal remains of toddler, man found in burning vehicle in Platte County, Missouri

The skeletal remains of a child and a man were found Sunday morning in a burning vehicle in the driveway of a home north of Ridgely in Platte County, Missouri, according to the Platte County Sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office received a call about 7 a.m. reporting a vehicle fire in the 20000 block of County Road B highway.

The caller reported seeing human remains in the car, said Sheriff Mark Owen. The bodies appear to be the remains of an adult male and toddler, he said.

The car is connected to the house, said Major Erik Holland with the Platte County Sheriff’s Office. He declined to say how or the make and model of the car.

“The vehicle is extremely charred,” Holland said. “It’s not easily identifiable.”

Investigators will try to match the vehicle’s identification number to confirm its make and model.

“Based on the extent of the damage to the vehicle, a lot of parts had melted down and had to be cut,” Holland said.

The sheriff’s office was not speculating on the cause of the fire or point of origin of the fire. It was also not commenting on whether the two bodies were related.

Yellow crime scene tape surrounded the house as investigators collected evidence. The Platte County Sheriff secured a search warrant to investigate the scene. The house is about one mile north of the Ridgley Christian Church.

The deaths are being investigated as being suspicious, Owen said. He declined to say why they are suspicious, or if the people who lived at the house had been accounted for.

The deaths are being investigated by the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, the Edgerton-Trimble Fire Protection District and the Missouri Fire Marshal. They remained at the scene Sunday afternoon collecting evidence.

Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.