GILROY (CBS / AP / BCN) — Two bodies were found inside a burning van along the side of eastbound state Highway 152 in Santa Clara County on Monday, authorities said.

Fire crews putting out the vehicle fire discovered the bodies around 4 a.m., Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Sung said.

He indicated that there were no signs that the van was involved in a crash that caused the blaze. As a result, investigators were treating the deaths as suspicious.

Cal Fire responded around 3:30 a.m. to a report of a burning van parked in a turnout off of Highway 152, about a mile west of the Merced County line. The flames had also ignited a small vegetation fire.

It was after firefighters extinguished the blaze that they found the bodies in the van, Sung said.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this report.)


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