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Man Killed in Golf Course Fire Was Trying to Free Car: PD

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    News4's Derrick Ward reports on the discovery of a body inside a burning car at a golf course in Bowie, Maryland. (Published Sunday, April 26, 2015)

    Police say the man who died in a car fire on a Bowie golf course was trying to free the car from the mud.

    A groundskeeper at the Enterprise Golf Course in Bowie called about the burning car around 5 a.m. Sunday.

    Investigators say 70-year-old Frank Andrew Bartee of northeast Washington got stuck in a muddy area of the golf course. His car's engine caught fire as he worked to free it from the mud.

    Bartee suffered severe burns and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The fire melted the car's VIN number and license plate, making the vehicle difficult to identify.

    Detectives are still trying to figure out why Bartee drove onto the course initially.