North Charleston woman found dead in burning car in Upstate


Human remains recovered from a car destroyed by fire in the Upstate have been identified.

Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox tells media outlets the remains were identified Thursday as belonging to 45-year-old Kelli Marie Hastings of North Charleston.

The identification came about three weeks after the remains were found in a burned-out car in Ninety Six. Tests including DNA were needed to make the identification.

In a report, officers said they found charcoal briquettes in the backseat, "suggesting that the fire had been intentionally set."

Authorities including the coroner, sheriff and State Law Enforcement Division are still investigating Hastings' death.

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