A woman driving on the Beeline Highway late Wednesday told a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher that she thought she could see a body burning on the side of the road where two people — still unidentified Friday — were soon found dead.
In a 911 call made public Friday, the unidentified woman told the dispatcher that she and her fiancé were driving on the Beeline across from North Palm Beach County Airport when they saw a fire on the northeast side of the rural road and pulled their car over. The woman then told the story again to a dispatcher for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the recording shows.
“What’s the problem?” the second dispatcher asks after confirming the woman’s location.
“We passed by and we pulled over to the side. We thought it was a burning thing and we pulled over and it was a body,” the woman said, according to the recording.
In a second 911 call released Friday, an EMS dispatcher requests the sheriff’s office respond to the 12000 block of the Beeline Highway, saying two bodies were found at the scene of the brush fire. The sheriff’s office is investigating their deaths as homicides, the 20th and 21st of 2017 in Palm Beach County, according to a Palm Beach Post database of confirmed homicides dating to 2009.
Investigators have not provided a motive for the killings or information on any suspects or people of interest.
The bodies, discovered at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, were burned beyond recognition, sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Friday. Investigators believe the two people were left for dead in the spot they were found, just beyond the city limits and about 15 miles northwest of The Gardens Mall.
The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner is performing autopsies on the bodies to try to identify the victims. No results were ready Friday.
The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who was the 12000 block of Beeline Highway between 8:45 p.m. and 9:23 p.m. Wednesday, and who may have information, to contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477). Tips also can be submitted anonymously by downloading the sheriff’s “Connect & Protect” smartphone app.