Detectives work to ID bodies found burning on popular trail

Passerby discovers fire, bodies on Cady Way Trail


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County sheriff's detectives continue to investigate the death of two people whose bodies were found burning Sunday along a popular trail, which they have closed on Monday night.

Deputies said the two victims haven't been identified yet, but they have verified they are two young males. Detectives shut down Cady Way Trail again Monday night so more evidence could be gathered, according to a release.

Detectives also said Monday that there was a report of a small fire at the Sun Bay Apartments near a storage shed around the same time Sunday that they determined was related to the investigation.

Deputies said they were called to the Cady Way Trail, near Full Sail University between Metric Drive and Forsyth Road, about 6:40 a.m.  after a fire was discovered in the area.

Deputies said the caller was on the 6.5-mile trail and realized there could be two bodies in the flames.

Orange County firefighters extinguished the flames, and discovered the bodies, deputies said.

"You just don't think it's going to happen in your neighborhood," said a bicyclist who frequents the trail.  "It's very bizarre."

Deputies said the case is being investigated as a double-homicide.

An autopsy will be performed on the bodies to determine the causes of death.

Deputies said they're hoping any witnesses to come forward with information.

The trail was closed for hours while deputies searched for evidence. It was open Monday morning but bicyclists said they could tell the trail wasn't like usual.

"I expected to see something down there but I was surprised you could smell the burnt grass and could clearly see it from the trail where the bodies had been," said Frank Wascura, who said he rides along the trial about three times a week.

Police said they're considering all possibilities to what could have happened.

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