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Body found in burning car identified

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities say a body found in a burning car south of Kennewick has been identified as an 85-year-old woman.

Firefighters with the Benton County Fire Protection District #1 responded to the fire at the 57100 Block of South Nicoson Road Sunday night. The sheriff's office was also called to the scene when firefighters discovered the fire was a car fire.

As firefighters extinguished the flames, they discovered a body was inside.

The Benton County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy and identified the body as 85-year-old Eileen Arlyle Gabaldon.

The sheriff's office continues to investigate this incident, and is asking anyone with information on Eileen to call Detective Tony Martinez at 509-735-6555 extension 3836.

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