NC man arrested after body found in burned car

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Jermaine Wilkes (WSOC)

NEWTON, N.C. — A 32-year-old Catawba County man has been arrested in the death of a woman whose body was found in a burned car.

Sheriff Coy Reid says Jermaine Wilkes is charged with murder, burning personal property and destroying remains.

Deputies say the victim was 22-year-old Brianne Mary Ginty.

Reid said investigators believe Wilkes and Ginty argued and he killed her and tried to hide her body in some woods.

The cause of death has not been released. Ginty’s body has been sent to Chapel Hill for an autopsy.

The body was discovered after a landowner noticed smoke coming from his property.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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