Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-073

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 3, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Body Found In Burnt Vehicle Identified

    Detectives have identified the body discovered in early morning vehicle fire.
    • Thursday
    • March 3, 2011
    • Time: 12:23 AM
    • Orange Grove
    • 3330 West Sitka Street
    • Tampa, FL


    Heriberto Cortes
    DOB 2-27-83
    8753 Kauai Court, #303
    Tampa, FL


    2001 Nissan Pathfinder


    On March 3, 2011 at approximately 12:23 a.m., Hillsborough County Fire responded to a vehicle fire. The vehicle was located approximately 25 feet from the roadway, in an Orange Grove at 3330 West Sitka Street in Tampa. When County Fire arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed. Once the fire was extinguished, a body was discovered inside the passenger area of the vehicle and the Sheriff’s Office was notified.

    The vehicle was impounded and the body turned over the Medical Examiners Office to determine the cause of death.

    Detectives have made a positive identification through fingerprints and notified the victim’s family which lives out of the country. The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder belongs to the victim.

    The investigation continues.
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