Burning body found in farm field

By WEEK Reporter

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM CDT

SHIRLEY, Ill. -- McLean County authorities discovered a burning body in a farm field in Shirley, Ill. on Sunday.

Authorities have tentatively identified the body as that of 26-year-old Silpa Vuyyalat of Bloomington.

However, due to extensive fire damage, Coroner Beth Kimmerling said a positive identification, including gender, will require forensic studies.

Vuyyalat's autopsy was conducted on Monday. The preliminary cause of death is from thermal burns.

The body did not show any evidence of a third party or foul play. Evidence suggests that Vuyyalat set herself on fire.

The McLean County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call in the area of 1375 East and 850 North in rural McLean County at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

The victim's husband found the abandoned vehicle and alerted authorities.

McLean County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jon Sandage said, "The victim died of thermal burns there was a smell of an accelerant. No blunt force trauma to the body. No foul play was suspected we are looking at this more as an incident of self-harm."

They searched the field and located the burning body. Sheriff's Deputies extinguished the fire and alerted the coroner's office.

Illinois State Police are assisting in the investigation.

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