Lockhart said the victim may have burned for 10 hours. “The body is burned, incinerated, like I’ve never seen before and it’s some kind of chemical reaction or something the way I can see it,” Lockhart said.
Vanzandt’s body was sent Monday to the state medical examiner’s office in Tulsa for an autopsy after emergency crews responded to Vanzandt’s home on Bawcon Road on Monday morning.
Fire crews on the scene discovered a badly burned man dead in the kitchen. Lockhart said the signs pointed to spontaneous human combustion as the cause of death, since no nearby items or furniture around the body were burned. There was no other fire damage to the house and no signs of a struggle, Lockhart said.