Autopsy shows McLean County woman set herself on fire

The McLean County Coroner said preliminary autopsy results show a woman whose body was found burning in a rural Shirley farm field on Sunday set herself on fire.

Coroner Beth Kimmerling said the woman is presumed to be 26 year-old Silpa Vuyyalat of Bloomington, but Kimmerling said positive identification will be made using DNA, which could take seven to 10 days.

She said Vuyyalat died of thermal burns with the odor of an accelerant.  Kimmerling said there were no signs of blunt force or sharp force trauma, and there is no indication of foul play or third party involvement.  She said evidence recovered at the scene along with the preliminary autopsy findings indicate that Vuyyalat set herself on fire.

Her death remains under investigation.

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