Spontaneous Human Combustion Mystery: Danny Vanzandt Burned Body Discovered In Oklahoma [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on February 19, 2013 3:48 PM EST

human combustion
Danny Vanzandt's body was burned inside his home while the home itself was undamaged. Officers believe Vanzandt was a victim of spontaneous human combustion. (Photo: YouTube / Summer Frost)

Authorities found the dead body of a man that might have experienced the rare and mythical condition of spontaneous human combustion. It's time to call Agent Scully and Mulder.

Danny Vanzandt, 65, lived in a home in quiet Tulsa, Okla. Yesterday, neighbors called the police to alert the of smoke coming from his home. When authorities responded to the report, they put out what looked like a pile of burning trash in the middle of the room.

However, officers quickly realized they were dealing with a body as soon as the smoke cleared.

Like Us on Facebook

"This is very bizarre," said Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart. "You're thinking someone poured something on him, but there was no fire source.

"The body was burned and it was incinerated. I think there is only about 200 cases (of spontaneous combustion) worldwide. I'm not saying this is what it is, but I haven't ruled it out."

A veteran law enforcer with 20 years in arson investigation for the Fort Smith, Ark., Police Department, Lockhart has never seen anything like it.

Police rely on tell-tale clues to guide the investigation. However, no sign of accelerant was found. In fact, the floor below Danny Vanzandt's body exhibited no damages caused by fire. According to Tusla World, there is not even evidence of an accidentally dropped cigarette despite Vanzandt's history of heavy drinking and smoking.

Authorities expect a full autopsy to shed more light into the baffling mystery of Danny Vanzandt's death in the days ahead. Watch a special documentary below to learn more about the bizarre natural phenomena.

© 2012 iScience Times All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Join the Conversation

Sponsored From Around the Web

    ZergNet
Follow iScience Times
us on facebook RSS
 
us on google
 
Most Popular
INSIDE iScience Times
Do Dolphins Get High? BBC Cameras Catch Dolphins Chewing On Pufferfish Toxins
Do Dolphins Get High? BBC Cameras Catch Dolphins Chewing On Pufferfish Toxins
How Many Ways Can You Tie A Tie?
How Many Ways Can You Tie A Tie?
Ribbon Of Charged Particles At Solar System's Edge Acts Like A Wind Sock For Interstellar Magnetism
Ribbon Of Charged Particles At Solar System's Edge Acts Like A Wind Sock For Interstellar Magnetism
How to Turn Your Tap Water Faucet  Into a Coffee Spout [VIDEO]
How to Turn Your Tap Water Faucet Into a Coffee Spout [VIDEO]
Coolest Science Photos Of 2013: From Blobfish To Two-Headed Shark, Comet ISON To Mars Selfie
Coolest Science Photos Of 2013: From Blobfish To Two-Headed Shark, Comet ISON To Mars Selfie
This Is A Scientifically-Proven Rock-Paper-Scissors Winning Strategy (But If Your Opponent Uses It Too, It's A Draw)
This Is A Scientifically-Proven Rock-Paper-Scissors Winning Strategy (But If Your Opponent Uses It Too, It's A Draw)