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Burned body in James City County identified

Wednesday - 1/11/2012, 2:52pm  ET

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - A body found burning on the side of a road in James City County has been identified.

James City County police say a medical examiner used dental records to identify the body of 37-year-old Aakir Omar Ali of the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area.

Police say Ali's former name is Omar Greene. He legally changed his name in 2008.

Motorists reported seeing a man burning on the side of Merrimac Trail on Jan. 3. Police say he was last seen that morning at Calvary Cemetery in Norfolk, where he worked as a grounds keeper.

An autopsy showed that Ali died as a result of the fire.

Ali's 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee was found Jan. 9 in Norfolk.

The death is being investigated as a homicide.

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