Man in burned car was 83-year-old Bakersfield resident

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The body of a man found inside a burned car has been identified as that of 83-year-old Ramiro Mendez of Bakersfield.

"I wanted to cry, it was so sad," said neighbor Jimmy Stevens.

Firefighters responded to a call of a car on fire shortly before 7 a.m. on Saturday at Pacheco Road and Young Street near the Kohl's shopping center in the southwest.

Ramiro Mendez lived about 4 miles away on Tivoli Court. According to neighbors, the car on fire belonged to Mendez.

"He drove it every day, it was just like clockwork," said Stevens.

Other people on the block described the 83-year-old man as being extremely friendly and having a nice word for everyone.

"He was a nice person. When he said hi to us he would blow us a little kiss," said 15-year-old neighbor Journey Johnson-Hall, a sophomore at Stockdale High School.

Police are being tight-lipped about the case. Investigators will not confirm or deny if foul play was involved.

"Whoever did this deserves to go to prison. They shouldn't of done it to him, especially someone like him," said Johnson-Hall.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Bakersfield police at (661) 327-7111.