Moreover, the blades of grass in the tire tracks were not broken, strongly suggesting that the car was not traveling at a high rate of speed when it went into the field. Also, because the car was found in neutral, the police at the scene believed the car had been pushed from the roadway into the field and set afire once there. Finally, the fire started in the driver's seat of the car.
The fact that the car was set afire behind an occupied multi-family apartment building led the police to conclude that the killer wanted the police to find the body. The police believed that the killer set fire to hide what evidence he or she could. But they did not believe the killer made serious attempts to conceal the victim's identity. Thus, the police believe that the killer is either someone not associated with the victim or someone with only a passing acquaintance with the victim because the killer believed that even if the police learned the victim's identity, they would not necessarily learn of the killer's connection to the victim.
The police transported the body to the County Coroner's office and related the observed and documentary evidence to the crime scene unit for further analysis. They then proceeded to the address listed on the car's registration documents. No one answered the door at John Carew's address. However, neighbors related that they had not seen him since he went out at eight