Vehicle found in missing Planada mother and son case

FRESNO, Calif.

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Merced County Sheriff's Investigators found the Chevy Avalanche Friday night. It was only seven miles from an orchard in Snelling -- where authorities discovered a burned body -- just hours after De Ceja disappeared. Investigators say it's possible the body could be hers.

Tom Mackenzie said, "This case really is a bizarre one. To find someone murdered in such a brutal fashion usually you can attribute those to a hate crime or gang or drug. But right now there's no indication of any of the above."

Investigators are searching De Ceja's car for any evidence. Meanwhile, the coroner is waiting on dental records to identify the charred remains. Those results could be back as soon as Tuesday.

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