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2 bodies found in burning car in East Cleveland identified as father and 14-year-old daughter

2 bodies found in burning car identified
Posted at 2:15 PM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-14 11:27:14-04

Two bodies discovered in a burning car in East Cleveland this week have been identified as a 14-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man from Bedford.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the bodies as Paul Bradley, 39, and Paris Bradley, 14, both of Bedford.

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The bodies were discovered in a car on Savannah Avenue in East Cleveland on Wednesday.

Authorities said the girl showed signs of having been tortured, but it didn't appear she had been tied up. Authorities said the man's hands and feet were bound multiple times.

A spokesperson from the medical examiner's office said the girl died from gunshot wounds to the head and had skull and brain injuries. East Cleveland police said it appears that the man was alive when the car was set on fire. His official cause of death hasn't been released.

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Police found the car in an empty lot on Savannah Avenue, next to an abandoned home. Rental records for the car brought detectives to a house on Gould Avenue in Bedford.

Officers said they found the back door open when they arrived and there was evidence of a struggle.

According to authorities, a preliminary investigation indicates that both the girl and her father were "forcibly removed" from their beds.

Neighbors said they could smell gasoline coming from the home.

The case is still under investigation.