A woman was found dead in a truck outside a burning home in West Alabama Sunday, prompting area police to open a murder and arson investigation.

Michael Jackson, the district attorney for Perry County, said a home was discovered on fire in Marion around 1 a.m. Sunday. Hours later, after the blaze was controlled, a woman's body was discovered in a truck parked at the house.

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Jackson said area police suspect foul play and have opened a murder and arson investigation.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's State Bureau of Investigation, the Regional Drug Task Force, the local Fire Inspector and the Marion Police Department are all cooperating on the case.

The victim's identity was not immediately released, and Jackson did not share any information on possible suspects Sunday evening.

This is a developing story. Stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for more details as they become available.

Editor's note: an earlier version of this story inaccurately called Michael Jackson the District Attorney for Marion County -- Jackson serves as DA for five Alabama counties, including Dallas, Hale, Bibb, Perry and Wilcox, but not Marion County. The crime occurred in the city of Marion in Perry County. 

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