Police are now able to name the man who was found deceased in a vehicle in Pincey Mead in Basildon as Vilson Meshi.
Mr Meshi was 30 and formally of Pincey Mead in Basildon but most recently resided in Glossop in Manchester.
A post-mortem examination has given the provisional cause of death as smoke inhalation.
Officers were called shortly before 5pm on Saturday, February 27, after the body of Mr Meshi was found in a grey Audi A4 which was parked in Pincey Mead near Pitsea Road. The enquiry has now become a murder investigation.