Vehicle fire under investigation
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a “suspicious” fire of a vehicle.
In the early morning hours Friday, the Newton County Fire Department received a call about a vehicle on fire near the dam at Toledo Bend Lake. After the fire was extinguished a body was discovered inside the vehicle. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene and they launched an investigation, according to Sheriff Eddie Shannon of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.
DNA results are pending and are expected to be available near the end of this week. Although it is not confirmed, the body is believed to be that of Justin Martin, a 2011 graduate of Bridge City High School.