Authorities identify woman found deceased in Crystal River; foul play not suspected

UPDATE: This victim has been identified as 58-year-old Linda Steve, of Crystal River. Foul play is not suspected at this time, investigators said.

“Steve was trying to turn around in a driveway located on a dirt road. When she put the car in reverse to back up, the car’s undercarriage got hung up on several large palmetto roots which prevented the car from moving forward. The vehicle and an approximate area of 30 feet around it burned significantly,” a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson explained. “The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the state fire Marshall’s office.  The cause and manner of death is still pending the Medical Examiner’s investigation.”

PREVIOUS STORY: CRYSTAL RIVER, FL (WFLA) — The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a person was found dead inside of a vehicle discovered on fire early Monday morning.

Deputies responded to 2490 W Sunrise Loop in Crystal River around 3:30 a.m. after receiving a call in reference to a brush fire. Upon arrival, crews discovered a vehicle that was fully involved and advised investigators there was a body inside the vehicle.

Right now detectives along with forensic units are investigating the scene. Drivers are asked to avoid the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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