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No ID on body, but owner of burned SUV identified

TAMPA — Hillsborough sheriff's detectives said Sunday they know whose vehicle was found burning in Thonotosassa with a corpse inside, but they can't say for certain who was in it.

Spokesman J.D. Callaway did not provide details of the sport utility vehicle but said Sunday that it is registered to James Patrick Fry of 3011 Gandy Blvd. in Tampa.

The vehicle was found early Saturday in the middle of an orange grove.

The body inside the vehicle was believed to be an adult male.

It was "burned beyond recognition" when rescue crews arrived at the fire at Taylor and Skewlee roads about 2:10 a.m., Callaway said.

"It's going to take science to determine who it was," he said.

Results of an autopsy are pending.

Fry, 47, was born and raised in Tampa, his brother said Sunday.

His arrest history dates back to 1981, but appears to have been clean for nearly a decade before he was charged last year with writing a worthless check, records show.

James Fry most recently spent a day in jail in April for failing to appear in court; the worthless check charge was dismissed in May.

Dan Fry lives about 2 miles from his brother but said he had not seen him in more than a year.

Deputies spoke to Dan Fry on Sunday but apparently didn't give him much insight into the investigation.

"They haven't told me anything," he said.

People at Fry's mobile home park said they had not seen him Sunday.

Colleen Jenkins can be reached at or (813) 226-3337.

No ID on body, but owner of burned SUV identified 08/24/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 6:23pm]
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