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SLC police discover mysterious crime scene

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Posted at 10:48 PM, Nov 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-04 00:48:47-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City homicide detectives are investigating an abandoned car with a dog and large amount of blood inside. The car was discovered near 1500 South and Redwood Road. Police are treating the area as a crime scene until they learn more.

The initial call came in Monday morning to animal control services. Someone noticed an abandoned car with a dog inside. Sgt. Robin Heiden with the Salt Lake City Police Department told FOX 13, "The dog is alive, seemed to be OK, but there was a large amount of blood inside the vehicle."

Police say there was more than just a few drops of blood, and it didn't come from the dog found inside.

"There is enough blood in there to make it… it raises suspicion of this call that if somebody was hurt inside that vehicle, we need to make sure that we figure out exactly what happened," Heiden said.

Technicians with the crime lab gathered evidence and samples from the car to process. For now, police say they're not sure if the blood is from a human or another animal.

"We’re looking at this point to figure out the whereabouts of who may have been in that vehicle to check their welfare," Heiden said.

Police say their first steps are running the car's license plate to determine who the car is registered to.