Osceola police find man with skin falling off

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) – The Osceola Police Department is investigating the death of a 50-year-old man.

According to police, officers were dispatched approximately 3:45 p.m. on April 4 to East Quinn Street where they found Thomas Cousar severely burned in a car with skin coming off of his body.

Harold Ross said he was surprised to find out about the death of Cousar, his neighbor on Lavijo Street in Osceola for the past few years. "He (was) always willing to help. He asked did I need anything, am I alright, if I need any money or anything, and I'd say, 'No, I'm fine, Thomas, and it was just like that.'"

Police said they found Cousar a little more than a mile away from his home in the driver's seat of a car. Ross said people who saw it described a gruesome scene. "(She said) she seen the scars and meat falling off his arms, and his chest, and his private area, buck naked over there on East Quinn, and they say he was just running and hollering, "Please, God help me. Please, God help me."

Major David Gladden said Cousar was in critical condition when paramedics airlifted him to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis where he died. "He was burnt pretty badly, and right now it's under investigation. We don't know how he got burned. We don't know even the location exactly where he got burned."

Gladden said officers are in the process of interviewing the people who saw Cousar just before he died.

According to the police report, one person police interviewed said Thomas said to them, "Give me a hit. Give me a hit." Gladden will not speculate on what Thomas meant.

Osceola police are waiting to receive an official cause of death from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Osceola Police Department at (870) 563-5213.

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