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Body found in trunk of burned car on Skyway

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Crews removed the car from the Skyway Monday evening. (Slideshow)

BAY AREA (Bay News 9) -- Traffic was backed up for hours Monday while detectives investigated a body found in the trunk of a burned car on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

According to authorities, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue responded to the scene and found the body.

Witnesses say they saw a man carrying a gas tank walking near the car.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw that man jump from the bridge. The man was picked up by a fisherman and his body was taken to O'Neill's Marina in St. Petersburg.

The body in the car was so badly burned that authorities couldn't tell whether it was a male or female.

The identity of the man who jumped from the bridge has not been released.

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