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Body Found in Vehicle Following Fiery Crash in Fayette Co.

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Iowa - One person has died in a single-vehicle traffic accident in Fayette County early Tuesday morning.

Sheriff Marty Fisher said deputies responded around 4:25 a.m. when a passer-by reported a pickup that apparently had crashed near the intersection of Echo Road and 180th Street. The pickup was off the gravel road, which is located between Elgin and Wadena, and was fully engulfed in flames. A body was found inside the pickup.

According to a news release, the 2001 Chevrolet pickup was owned by Steven Bilden, of rural Elgin. Authorities believe the deceased person was a roommate of Bilden's, but will not know positive identification until an autopsy report is completed.

Officials were conducting interviews in the case. Asked if the incident was considered suspicious, Fisher said the incident was under investigation. "There is a lot of rumors out there and we are investigating different things to clear any doubt," Sheriff Fisher said.

Sheriff Fisher said the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is participating in the investigation.

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