People stand at the scene of fatal car crash that happened Wednesday night along South River Road, east of County Road 600 West, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Logansport.

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In what Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder could only call a “horrible accident,” he issued a statement of thanks to the community for helping to make early identification of the three males found inside a burning car Wednesday night.

“We worked hand-in-hand, and this community helped us find a resolution,” he said. “The public helped us tremendously in finding the right families.”

However, because DNA testing must be completed in order to positively identify the bodies, names will not be released at this time. Schroder said he is estimating the ages to be between 16 and 23. Once the Cass County Coroner’s Office completes the tests, more information will be available.

“We think we’re pretty close,” he continued.

Officers were able to pursue numerous leads after multiple tips had come into the Cass County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday. The investigation led to parents reporting that their children had not returned home the previous night, Schroder explained.

The accident happened around 9:31 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, along Wabash River near the intersection of Cass County Road 600 West and South River Road.

According to the CCSD, a 2009 blue Toyota Camry had traveled off the north side of the roadway, striking several trees and catching on fire. The car became engulfed, and was extinguished upon arrival of the Logansport Fire Department and Clinton Township Fire Department, among others.

The three occupants were deceased.

Schroder said he had never seen anything like this in his career. “It’s a horrible, horrible accident.”

“It is a tragic scene,” he stated in an earlier news release.

Along with the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Logansport Fire Department, and Clinton Township Fire Department, responding agencies were Logansport Police Department, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Phoenix Ambulance Service, Cass County Emergency Management Agency, Carroll County Emergency Management Agency, Cass County Highway Department, and the Cass County Coroner’s Office.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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