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Bodies found in burned car in Texas; Suspect found dead

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UPDATE: The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on Tuesday identified the victims as the suspect’s two children, a 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl.

A Fort Worth man who authorities described as an “armed and dangerous” suspect was found dead near the crime scene a day after the bodies of two people were discovered in a burned car in Cooke County, according to reports.

The names of the victims who were found Sunday in the backseat of the car have not been released.

The suspect is Mandeep Singh, 37. The Cooke County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday morning that they were looking for Singh, who was wanted on murder charges in the case. Hours later, authorities confirmed that Singh was found dead near the crime scene in a wooded area.

Cooke County is more than 65 miles north of Fort Worth on the border of Oklahoma.

A dispatcher with the sheriff’s office received a call Sunday about a car that was on fire in the middle of a rural road in northwest Cooke County.

Muenster volunteer firefighters responded to the scene, extinguished the flames and found the remains of the two victims.

Cooke County deputies and investigators, a fire marshal and Texas Rangers arrived on the scene and began an investigation. Authorities determined that the fire was intentionally set.

Details on how police identified Singh as the suspect have not been released.

Singh was previously arrested in October 2016 in Fort Worth on a charge of assault with bodily injury, according to Tarrant County court records.

Police responded to a 911 hang-up and open line at a Fort Worth home. A 38-year-old woman reported she had been assaulted.

Singh was sentenced to 15 months probation on the charge in May 2017. The charge was dismissed in August 2018 after he served his probation, according to court records.

Anyone with information on the killings should call the sheriff’s office at 940-665-3471 Ext. 4 or a local law enforcement agency. Tips also can be sent to tips@co.cooke.tx.us.

Have you seen any of these 10 most wanted criminals in Tarrant County? Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.

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Star-Telegram breaking news reporter Domingo Ramirez Jr. has been in journalism for more than 35 years. It’s the job he has loved from day one.


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