Lewiston police investigate homicide

The Lewiston Police Department says the discovery of a body last week in a burning pickup on Nez Perce Drive is being investigated as a homicide.

Authorities say an autopsy Monday was unable to determine the victim’s identity or manner of death.

Detectives are contacting individuals and businesses that may have video in the areas of interest to the investigation, including Nez Perce Drive and the 1800 block of 12th Avenue.

Police closed that block of 12th Avenue for several hours Friday morning before a SWAT team entered a residence they had surrounded, only to find it unoccupied.

Police initially responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Nez Perce Drive east of Juniper Drive at approximately 3:20 a.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found a 2007 GMC pickup truck fully engulfed in flames. The body was discovered after the blaze was extinguished.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Lewiston Police at (208) 746-0171.

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