Body found burned beyond recognition in van identified

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor
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A burned van is seen behind some brush in northeast Houston on Dec. 28, 2016.

HOUSTON - The body of a man that was found burned beyond recognition in a van last year in northeast Houston was identified Friday.

The body was found the morning of Dec. 28, 2016, in the 5200 block of East Houston Road.

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According to Houston police, the man’s body was discovered by firefighters who had responded to reports of a vehicle fire in the area.

Police said the man was identified as Ruben Mercado, 39.

Investigators said they have determined Mercado died from a gunshot wound.

The vehicle Mercado’s body was found in was reported stolen two days earlier.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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