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Police: Woman dies after setting self on fire

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LAKE CHARLES, La. -

An investigation into a woman's body found burned in a courtyard at a Lake Charles apartment complex reveals she died as a result of setting herself on fire, according to police.

Lake Charles Police were called to the Elmwood Apartment complex at 4:56 pm Wednesday in reference to a burned body. Officers found the woman burned and deceased with a gasoline located near her body, stated Lt. Kevin Kirkum, spokesman for the department.

Investigators determined the the 48-year-old victim was a resident of the apartment complex. Evidence located at the scene and in the woman's apartment indicated she died as a result of setting herself on fire, according to Kirkum. Detectives located video footage of the victim making the purchase of the gas can at a local store shortly before setting herself on fire. 

The Coroner's office has also concluded this was a self-inflicted incident, added the spokesman.

If you or anyone else feels they need help, here are some numbers you can call: 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800- 273-8255

Lafayette and Surrounding areas: 232-HELP (4357) / 211

Suicide/Crisis Hotline: 1-800- 437-0303 (Outside Baton Rouge)

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