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Two burned bodies found in tent in Brockton

BROCKTON — The charred remains of two people were discovered Monday afternoon in an industrial park, officials said.

Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office said the remains were found in a tent in a field off Mulberry Street.

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“At this point, foul play in not suspected,” Cruz’s office said in a statement Monday night.

“The matter remains under investigation by the State Police detective assigned to the Plymouth district attorney’s office, the Brockton Police Department, and the state fire marshall’s office.”

Prosecutors did not say how the bodies apparently caught fire, but did say that both people suffered “significant burns.”

Authorities did not identify the victims or provide their estimated ages or genders. A police spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Police and firefighters were investigating in the clearing shortly after 8 p.m. and shined bright lights on the area where the bodies were found.

They were discovered in the field near ECO Recycling Systems Inc. The company could not be reached for comment Monday night.

A number of onlookers gathered, including neighborhood resident Nick Shaw, 18.

He said he heard that a male and female had died.

“It’s kind of creepy,” Shaw said. “I live around the corner.”

Other residents expressed shock and confusion.

Iris Oden, 73, of Brockton, said there were rumors that the victims were homeless.

“Homeless or not, it doesn’t matter,” said Oden. “No one deserves to burn to death.”

Lindsey said there is a nearby area called Tent City where homeless people often sleep, though the area where the bodies were found is not part of that area.

Globe correspondent Derek J. Anderson contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@
. Jennifer Smith can be reached at jennifer.smith@
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