Woman found dead in burning car identified; now considered homicide

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The woman has been identified as 31 year old Nicole Monique Wallace. The case is now considered a homicide.

Wallace lived just blocks away, on Michigan Ave.

According to neighbors, Wallace was a kind woman, who worked two jobs to provide for her teenage daughter and young son.

“She was very special– very good, sweet person,” said Sharon Dudley, Wallace’s next door neighbor. “It really hurts me. I really hate to think about it.”

According to Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department, Wallace’s ex-husband is in custody and considered the prime suspect in her murder. Edwards said formal charges could come Wednesday evening.

There was a history of domestic violence between Wallace and her ex-husband, Edwards said, pointing out that their divorce was finalized in September.

“He committed a heinous crime. No person deserves to die like this young lady that lost her life did,” Edwards said. “If there was ever any relationship there, it doesn’t show the way he treated this young lady.”

ORIGINAL: A woman’s body has been found in the rear passenger side of a burned out vehicle on the 4500 block of 5th Avenue in Wylam, according to police on the scene.

A neighbor reportedly called the police after hearing popping and cracking from a white camaro on fire, and one the fire was out, a woman’s body was discovered.

At this time, BPD has not yet made a statement, but they are canvassing the area around Jersey Street and 5th Avenue. Police checking the area around the house in front of which the vehicle was parked found a gasoline canister.

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