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  Posted by James Brierton
  March - 8 - 2012 0 Comments

Middle Island woman found inside burning car at Short Beach

Only a burnt shell of a car remains after a vehicle fire Tuesday afternoon at Short Beach. A deceased victim was found inside. (Photo: A. Natoli /

Nissequogue, NY ( – A Middle Island woman has been identified as the deceased found inside a burning car in Nissequogue Tuesday.

Lauren Fontana, 45, was identified in a police statement to the media Thursday.

“We’re in waiting mode at this point,” Lieutenant Detective Jack Fitzpatrick tells

Fitzpatrick, in charge of Suffolk police’s Homicide Squad, says he is awaiting reports from the arson squad and medical examiner’s office to determine cause of the fire and cause of death respectively. It could be days or weeks before the final reports are in.

Security cameras may have caught the activity of the vehicle leading up to the fire but Fitzpatrick would not say how helpful the footage is at this point in the investigation.

The car, which was fully engulfed by the time fire crews arrived Tuesday, is owned by a family member of Fontana’s, Fitzpatrick says. Neither the vehicle or Fontana were reported missing before the fire.

Continuing Coverage: Short Beach Car Fire Death

Firefighters were called to Short Beach, a town of Smithtown park, shortly before Noon Tuesday for a vehicle fire. Crews found the remains once the fire was out.

Suffolk County Police Department Homicide Squad detectives are continuing their investigation.

Anyone who might have information about this case is asked to contact Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.


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