THE BRONX - A Bronx family says they believe one of their own is the person whose body was found inside a burning car in Allerton. 

News 12 spoke to a woman who claims the victim is her brother, Wayne Thomas, who she says would be celebrating his 41st birthday. 

However, police have not yet confirmed the person's identity. 

According to investigators, a BMW was found ablaze in an alleyway between Cruger and Holland avenues Tuesday morning. A charred body was discovered in the backseat of the torched vehicle once the flames were put out. 

Officials say they're still investigating how the fire started, and whether there was any foul play.

For extended video from the scene, watch the clip to the left or go to News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.