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STEVENSON, Wash. (KOIN) -- The death of a man found along Forest Service Road 83 in rural Skamania County is being treated a suspicious death.
The as-yet-unidentified man was found outside of his burned car along the road, about 6 miles east of Cougar, near Mount St. Helens.
Some people spotted a burned out van -- possibly a Chrysler minivan -- about a mile from the Ape Caves and called for help. The van is badly charred as is the vehicle ID number.
Skamania County deputies said there is no license plate on the van, nor is there any sign of a crash. The vehicle is sitting alongside the road in an open space.
The man who was found was not burned, but investigators want to figure out how he died.
"I think obviously it's too early for us to make a determination," Skamania County Sheriff Dave Brown told KOIN 6 News. "We haven't processed the scene yet to examine the body where it is. So to say whether it's a homicide or a suicide, we haven't made that determination."
The case was first called in Thursday afternoon and deputies secured the area overnight. The Clark County Major Crimes spent much of Friday mapping and processing the scene. So far, they have found no weapons nor any accelerants that could start a fire.
Sheriff Brown also said the county hasn't had any recent reports of missing people in the area.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Skamania County Sheriff's Office.