Authorities ID man set on fire in Newark

(AP) - A badly burned body found outside a Newark home has been identified as a missing Irvington man.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino said Newark firefighters found 43-year-old Melvin Williams of Irvington in the 200 block of Rose Street when they responded to reports of a house fire around 2:35 a.m. Wednesday.

There was no blaze, but Williams' body was soon found in front of a home.

Williams' girlfriend had reported him missing Monday after he failed to return home.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday, but it was not clear when the results would be available.

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