OAKLAND -- The identity of a person found burned to death in the parking lot of a park trail in the Oakland hills on Saturday may not be known for several days, if not months, authorities said Sunday.

The Alameda County Coroner's Office and East Bay Regional Parks police are investigating following the gruesome discovery, which happened around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night in a parking lot connected to the Redwood Regional Park, Sgt. Dave Hall said.

Crews from the Oakland Fire department were the first responders on scene and located a person on fire in the parking lot near the Skyline Gate staging area of the park on Ridge Top Road, Hall said. That person was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

The gender of the burned body was not obvious because of the burn damage and will not be announced until after the autopsy, which likely won't begin until Tuesday because of the Monday holiday, authorities said. Police and coroner's officials were tight-lipped about the condition of the burned body but did acknowledge that the identifying process could be complicated.

Police are in the initial stages of their investigation, Hall said, and did not have any details regarding what may have happened.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH



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