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Police: Business mum on SUV fire

Published August 2, 2006

TAMPA - Police say the sport utility vehicle found burning with a man inside near St. Joseph's Women's Hospital was registered to a Palm Harbor cleaning service.

But no one at the business would give any information about their employees, the vehicle or how it ended up in Tampa on Monday night.

Authorities did not release the name of the man inside the vehicle on Tuesday. Tampa police said the Hillsborough medical examiner was waiting for dental records to confirm his identity.

"It is suspicious and we are treating it as a homicide," said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

She did not release any other details about the man Tuesday, and would not say whether he suffered any form of trauma beyond injuries caused by the fire.

Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Bill Wade said the man inside the 2004 Nissan Armada was "believed to be about a 55-year-old Palm Harbor businessman."

Firefighters received a call just before 10 p.m. Monday about a Nissan parked near St. Joseph's Women's Hospital that was on fire. They found it engulfed in flames, in a lot at the corner of W St. Isabel Street and N Gomez Avenue.

Police said the vehicle was registered to AA Cleaning Concepts Inc. State business records list the address at 3297 Valemoor Drive in Palm Harbor, and say it is registered to Carmen Noboa.

Telephone calls from the newspaper to the business were directed to Alex Garcia, who said he didn't know anything about the incident in Tampa.

Times researcher Cathy Wos and staff writer Ashlee Clark contributed to this report.

[Last modified August 2, 2006, 06:47:06]

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