OAKLAND -- Investigators believe they have identified the body found burned to death near the entrance to an Oakland hills park trail Saturday night but are not yet naming her.
The victim was thought to be a woman in her mid to late 40s who lived in the East Bay, said Sgt. Tyrone Davis of the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department.
The woman was still on fire when Oakland firefighters arrived at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday to the Skyline Gate entrance to Redwood Regional Park. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police know little about what happened to her.
"Right now the door is wide open," Davis said. "We haven't ruled out suicide, we haven't ruled out homicide."
The body was so badly burned that investigators had declined to identify the gender until Monday. The Alameda County Coroner's Office is performing an autopsy, but in the meantime detectives retrieved evidence at the scene that has helped them determine who she was.
The parking lot off Skyline Boulevard had closed at 10 p.m., a half hour before fire and police crews responded to a report of a burning person. Detectives are treating a Toyota Prius left at the scene as evidence, but they have not said if it belonged to the victim.