Goose Creek Murder (copy)

Authorities are asking for the public's help in an investigation into human remains found burned in a barrel behind this Goose Creek home on Madeline Drive on Monday night. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

Authorities have found a vehicle in a St. Louis suburb that was reported missing from a Goose Creek home where a burned body was discovered in a barrel on Monday.

Goose Creek police traveled to St. Peters, Mo., to retrieve the vehicle belonging to 68-year-old Michael Mullikin, the homeowner of 469 Madeline Drive where the body was discovered, said Maj. John Grainger, a police spokesman.

St. Peters police found the vehicle at a post office, Grainger said.

Information on when Goose Creek police traveled to Missouri, when St. Peters police found the vehicle, and the make and model of the vehicle were not provided.

"Three people associated with the vehicle were arrested by St. Peters police on local charges and are in their custody pending local proceedings," Grainger said. "Those individuals were interviewed by (Goose Creek) investigators in reference to the burned victim."

Goose Creek police have taken evidence to State Law Enforcement Division headquarters for processing on a "priority" track, Grainger said.

The department also has issued an arrest warrant for grand larceny against one of the people arrested by St. Peters police, he said.

The suspect's identity will be released once the warrant is officially served, Grainger said.

Officers were called to Mullikin's residence around 7:30 p.m. Monday by his daughter who said she was worried because she hadn't heard from him in more than a week and that he'd recently suffered a stroke, police said.

Authorities found no signs of Mullikin at the residence. His vehicle was gone and there were three small blood stains on the floor near the inside of the garage door.

In the backyard, officers made a grisly discovery — human remains burned beyond recognition inside a barrel.

Whether the remains are of Mullikin or another person, however, has not yet been established.

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy on Wednesday, but DNA tests to positively confirm the identity of the remains could take "months," said Coroner Bill Salisbury.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or the Goose Creek Police Department at 843-572-4300.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.