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Police ID man found burned in car as Baldwin man

Firefighters at an East Patchogue auto repair center,

Firefighters at an East Patchogue auto repair center, where a man's body was found in a burned car on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Credit: Victor Alcorn

Police have identified the man whose body was found Sunday night in the driver’s seat of a burned car at an East Patchogue auto repair center, Suffolk police said Monday.

Mohammad Rafiq, 65, of Baldwin, has been identified as the man found in the car. Detectives believe his death to be noncriminal in nature.

The blaze, on Montauk Highway between Kane and Hagerman avenues, was reported at 8:19 p.m., a police spokeswoman said.

The Hagerman Fire Department put out the fire and found the body, police said in a news release Monday.

Rafiq was pronounced dead and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death, police said.

Detectives asked anyone with information on the case to call them at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.

With Vera Chinese and William Murphy

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