Arkansas police investigating Osceola man who burned to death

(WMC-TV) - The body of an Osceola, Arkansas man found severely burned has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Investigators hope that will give them a clearer picture of exactly what happened to him and whether his death was an accident or murder.

Harold Ross said he was surprised to find out about the death of Thomas Cousar, his neighbor the past few years on Lavijo Street in Osceola.

"He was always willing to help," said Ross.

Osceola police said on April 4, they found 50-year-old Cousar severely burned a little more than a mile away from his home in the driver's seat of a car.

Ross said witnesses described a gruesome scene.

"They said he was just running and hollering, 'please God, help me,'" said Ross.

Major David Gladden said Cousar was in critical condition when he was airlifted to the MED in Memphis.  He later died from his injuries.

"He was burnt pretty badly, and right now it's under investigation," said Gladden.  "We don't know how he got burned, we don't even know the exactly where he got burned."

To answer those questions, Gladden said officers are in the process of interviewing the people who saw Cousar just before he died.

"Some of the witnesses in the police report were saying that he said, 'give me a hit, give me a hit,'" said Gladden.  "Do you have any idea what that meant?  I'd hate to speculate on that."

Meanwhile, Ross said the neighborhood is feeling the loss.

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