Death investigation ID

Law enforcement today identified a woman found dead inside a burning car near Dubuque Regional Airport as Lori R. McPoland, 44.

Human remains found in a burnt vehicle near Dubuque Regional Airport last week have been identified as a Dubuque woman.

The remains of Lori R. McPoland, 44, were found inside the vehicle at 6 a.m. Thursday, when authorities responded to a vehicle on fire on property just off Airport Road. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Department announced the identification Monday.

A press release said the state medical examiner's office has not determined a cause or manner of death yet. That determination can take up to six to eight weeks, depending on toxicology results.

Sheriff's department investigators reported Thursday that they did not suspect foul play in the death and echoed that assertion Monday.

An obituary for McPoland published by TH Media said she passed away "after a lifelong battle with bipolar disorder."

Crews first responded to the fire at about 6 a.m. Thursday after control tower workers noticed smoke.

The burning car was in a gravel area along Airport Road used as an industrial work site or overflow parking area, said Airport Manager Robert Grierson said.

When Dubuque firefighters arrived on scene, the flames largely were out and the car was just smoldering. The remains were discovered soon after.

Investigators have said the cause of the fire was not immediately apparent. Grierson said there's no surveillance equipment in that area.

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