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UPDATED at 3:15 p.m. with identification of victim

KINLOCH — Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man whose body was found with gunshot wounds near a burning car early Saturday.

He was identified Sunday as Justin Walker, 28, of the 8000 block of Kendale Drive in Bel-Ridge. 

St. Louis County Police were called at 12:12 a.m. to a report of a person shot in the 8100 block of Scudder Road. And Kinloch firefighters responded to a vehicle fire at the same location, a wilderness of empty blocks almost touched by passenger jets as they land at St. Louis Lambert International Airport from the east.

The body of the victim was found in the grass near the burning car, police said.

It was one of two homicides reported in the midnight hour, about seven miles apart. In the other case, St. Louis police were investigating the death of a woman who had been shot in the stomach in the city's O'Fallon neighborhood.

Anyone with information was asked to call the St. Louis County Police at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

Jeremy Kohler is an investigative reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.