Police: Burning body found in the street in southwest Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Police are investigating a bizarre and tragic death in Oklahoma City.

A man was found dead in the middle of the road with burns near S.W. 39th and S. Douglas.

Police said they received a 911 call from someone who said a person was in the middle of the road on fire.

“It’s a terrible world that we live in, it’s getting worse and worse,” said Rueben Thompson.

Neighbors, like Rueben Thompson, are shocked that something like this could happen so close to home.

It was just before 5 a.m. Monday morning when police got the call.

“Officer arrived shortly after and found a victim that was deceased that did have burn marks all over,” said Officer Jeff Dutton, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The victim was identified as 54-year-old Kelvin Blane Wright.

“At this point, we don’t know if it’s foul play, suicide, homicide, it is ongoing,” said Dutton.

“As soon as it gets dark, I go inside and I don’t come back out until the next day,” said Thompson.

While Thompson said an unfortunate situation like this makes him feel uneasy, he can’t help but feel pain for the victim and his family this holiday season.

“It kind of hurts, knowing that that person is not going to enjoy another Christmas, another holiday, another birthday,” said Thompson.

Homicide detectives and arson responded to the scene and are investigating.

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