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Police identify man found dead in burning vehicle

Lebanon Police said Tuesday they have identified the man whose body was found in a burning vehicle March 19. On Sunday it was confirmed through DNA analysis that the deceased person in this investigation was identified as 71- year-old Stephen E. Winn, police said. Based on evidence located in the vehicle and documents left in a Camdenton residence, it appears Stephen Winn’s death was self-inflicted, police said. Formal results of the autopsy are still pending. "Through the course of this investigation, it was revealed that in 1991, Stephen Winn resided with his wife, Khristine Winn, and their children in Kansas City, Missouri, when he went missing. Over the next 32 years his family did not have any contact with him, and he was later declared deceased," a Police press release said. "While trying to determine ownership of the burnt 1979 Chrysler New Yorker, investigators located several items in the vehicle that led them to a Camdenton resident named Khristine Bechard. Investigators also found that Khristine Bechard had previously used the alias of Khristine Winn. When relatives of Khristine Winn were contacted it was discovered that she had been deceased since 2018. After conducting additional interviews, it was determined that when Stephen Winn left his family in 1991, he assumed Khristine Winn’s identity and was later married and lived under the alias of Khristine Bechard," according to police.