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One dead in fiery wreck early Saturday at Shawnee Mission Park in Lenexa

Update: In a news release Sept. 24, police identified the victim as Rachel M. Binder, 27, of Lenexa.

One person died in a fiery wreck early Saturday morning at the entrance to Shawnee Mission Park in Lenexa, according to police.

Lenexa police were called about 1:09 a.m. to the entrance of the park in the 7900 block of Renner Road, where a vehicle fire was reported.

Arriving officers found the vehicle on fire, crashed against a stone wall at the entrance.

Firefighters from Lenexa and Shawnee extinguished the fire, according to the Lenexa Police Department.

The sole occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified the victim as 27-year-old Rachel M. Binder, a Lenexa resident.

Both the body and the vehicle were burned beyond recognition, according to Officer Danny Chavez, a Lenexa police spokesman.

Police think the vehicle may have been a Lincoln passenger car, but investigators were still working to confirm that Saturday.

The Lenexa Police Department was investigating the wreck.

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How we did this story

The Star received a news release about the wreck from the Lenexa Police Department Saturday morning. A reporter spoke with a Lenexa police spokesman who provided an update on the investigation.

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Ian Cummings is the breaking news editor for The Kansas City Star, where he started as a reporter in 2015. He is a Kansas City native who graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012.
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