YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - A man's body was found inside a burning vehicle in York County early Friday morning.
A York-Poquoson deputy on patrol noticed smoke coming from Interstate 64 westbound near exit 243B around 12:30 a.m.. The deputy discovered a MAC Tools truck filled with flames on a nearby off ramp.
Once firefighters got the flames under control, deputies discovered the body of a male victim in the back of the truck. His death is being treated as a homicide.
Friends say the body is that of Austin King, a longtime tool delivery driver from Virginia Beach. Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office confirmed the victim's identity around 6:30 p.m. Friday.
"He was just here the other day," said Derek Capps, of Truck Refrigeration Repair in Norfolk. "It's one of those surprises...that someone can be here one time and gone the next."
Capps said King sold tools to the family business once a week for the last 15 years.
Other customers say King's last stop was Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in Norfolk. He missed his other appointments that day, and friends began to worry. When they tried to reach him by cell phone, King's phone was turned off, which was unusual.
Customers suspect King was the victim of a robbery.
"I would say there were several thousands of dollars in that tool truck," said Capps. "And, if it was tools they were after, that's one spot there was a lot of good quality tools and possibly cash."
Capps say money was never an issue with King, who would always loan tools to mechanics, if they promised to pay back. His quiet, kind demeanor will be missed, Capps said.
"There is good and evil,' he said. "This was obviously evil."
A report from the Medical Examiner's Office will determine King's cause of death.
Customers say King's typical Friday route takes him through the Ocean View section of Norfolk. They say King did not deliver to the Peninsula, or anywhere near the ramp where he and his truck were found.
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