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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. --  Three days after a body was found in a smoldering car in Flagler Estates, a sheriff's office spokesman said investigators are dealing with information that is coming from outside St. Johns County.

Meanwhile, people in Flagler Estates are talking about the latest body found near their community.

Bobby Latiff manages The Buzz Mart which is one of only two stores in Flagler Estates.

"This is the local gossip corner. There's not too much that goes through Flagler Estates that doesn't go through here," Latiff said. 

The store is located near County Road 13 where a burned car was discovered Friday.  Investigators later learned there was a body in the trunk.

"I was really concerned," Latiff said.

A truck driver was traveling down the dirt road to pick up lumber around 5:00 a.m. Friday when he found the smoldering car in the middle of the road.

Investigators studied the car on the scene and later moved it to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Leftover crime scene tape hung on the gate by the dirt road Monday.  A sign on the gate indicated the area is for members only.

"The area is used for logging and is under lease for a hunt club," Commander Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's said.

Investigators are searching through missing persons cases.   

As for the make and model of the car, there is a lot of speculation.

"We have purposefully not released that information, and quite frankly we're not wanting individuals to speculate," Mulligan said. 

Just a couple of months ago in Flagler Estates, the body of a St. Augustine waitress -- Barbara Parchem -- was found in the woods.  Deputies say that doesn't mean Flagler Estates is a dumping ground.

However, there is no doubt these two cases have people at the Buzz Mart wondering what's going on in their rural community.

"It's just off the beaten path," Latiff explained. "Everybody likes to come out here for that reason, but unfortunately when it comes to stuff going on lately, it tends to bring out the wrong people." 

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