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Truck found burning near river in Scott County

Wes Bunch • Nov 13, 2012 at 11:31 AM

DUFFIELD — Authorities on both sides of the Virginia-Tennessee border are investigating a burning vehicle that was found Monday afternoon along the Clinch River in a remote area of Scott County.

The burned vehicle was reported stolen from Hawkins County, Virginia State Police said.

The 1996 Dodge 2500 pickup truck was discovered by a Scott County Sheriff’s Office deputy around 5:30 p.m. Monday on Waters Edge Road in the western portion of the county.

The vehicle was reportedly engulfed in flames when it was found by authorities.

Officers were alerted to the scene after Scott County Central Dispatch received reports that a truck was burning on the side of the roadway and that multiple explosions had been heard.

Authorities said no one was with the truck at the time it was located.

According to VSP and SCSO accounts, officers ran the vehicle’s license plate number and learned from Hawkins County authorities that it had been reported stolen Sunday evening from a residence located on Highway 70 North in Eidson, Tenn.

The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that it was investigating the incident but said no arrests had been made at this time.

The burning vehicle was being investigated in Hawkins County as a likely automobile theft, authorities said.

they still had to rule out the possibility that it was set on fire for insurance fraud reasons.

The VSP said it was handling the arson portion of the investigation.

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