The Lake Charles Police Department is investigating a burned body found in the courtyard of the Elmwood Apartment Complex on Elm Street.

Officers responded to a call in reference to a burned body at 4:56 p.m., on Wednesday, January 17, where they found the body of a female burned and deceased and located near a gasoline can.

According to the LCPD media release, "investigators are working to locate potential witnesses and determine if the fire was accidental." They have identified the female, but will not release a name until next of kin is notified. The female was reportedly a resident of the complex.

Check back for more details as the investigation into this tragic incident continues.