Woman’s body burned, found in garage on Milwaukee’s north side: ‘It’s still somebody’s child’

MILWAUKEE -- A death investigation was underway in Milwaukee after a body believed to be that of a woman was found burned in a garage near 15th and Burleigh on Wednesday morning, May 1.

According to police, officers were sent to the scene shortly before 5 a.m. when a parking enforcement officer spotted the fire.

Garage fire near 15th and Burleigh

The investigation caught the attention of a family whose 16-year-old daughter went missing near the area on Tuesday.

"We're just praying it's not her." said Anshanela Stokes, a cousin of the missing girl.

Loved ones passed out flyers throughout the neighborhood.

"She would never do anything like this," said Canience Haynes, a cousin of the missing girl. "We just want her home and we want her safe."

Garage fire near 15th and Burleigh

By Wednesday afternoon, the family's prayers were answered. The missing girl was located safe near 26th and Hadley. FOX6 News learned she was reunited with her parents -- and taken to a hospital.

It was a sigh of relief for that family, but they said they feel for the unknown woman whose body was discovered in the garage.

"No matter who it is, my heart goes out to the family, because if it's not my cousin, it's still somebody's child," Stokes said.

Officials with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office scheduled an autopsy on the burned body for Thursday, May 2.

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