The body of an unidentified man was found on fire in a wooded area of Manorville on Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.
Officers and firefighters responded to a call from a passing driver who made the discovery off Wading River Road in the Otis Pike Preserve at 1:45 p.m., police said. The witness first reported the incident to Riverhead Town Police, police said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His remains will be taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the person’s identity and cause of death, police said.
Homicide and Arson Squad detectives are continuing the investigation, although it wasn’t immediately clear whether the incident was criminal or accidental in nature, a police spokeswoman said.