AURORA, Colo. – Officials have ruled the death of a woman found inside a burned Jeep on the shoulder of Interstate 225 in Aurora last weekend a homicide, according to a release from the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office.
The victim -- identified as 46-year-old Vicky Salvadora De Dios -- was dead before the fire, the release read. She died from unspecified injuries.
Police said on Saturday evening, the driver of a blue SUV pulled out of the southbound lanes of I-225 near E. Colfax Avenue, drove onto the shoulder and stopped the car. The car was parked before it caught fire.
Police received a report of a car fire and responded to the scene around 1 a.m. Sunday. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found Salvadora De Dios' body inside.
Aurora police are asking for the public's help as they piece together what happened.
If you were in the area and saw the car pull over or any other cars parked near it, contact Det. Chad Lampson at 303-739-6013.