Wrongful Death Body Found in Burned Car in Oldham County

Police in Oldham County say the person found dead inside a car after it burned early Tuesday morning did not die of natural causes.

A passing driver spotted the burning car straddling both lanes of KY-393 near US-42 shortly before 2 a.m. and called 911. Police say the car was fully engulfed when crews arrived. Firefighters found the body inside after the fire was extinguished. Police say they suspected foul play almost immediately.


“Based on the way the body was located in the vehicle, as well as some additional things that I can’t comment to, it was apparent to us that it wouldn’t have been a natural cause,” Sgt. James Brown said.

Officials say the car revealed some clues, but not enough to make a positive ID on the victim.

“The car was a Kia sedan. My firefighters saw Florida plates on it,” North Oldham Fire Chief Tim Conway said.

Officials say the medical examiner determined the sex of the victim, but did not released any information to the public.

“We believe the victim is local, from the Kentuckiana area,” Brown said. “We’re trying to reach out to a family member to determine whether or not the person who is associated with the vehicle is in fact the person we found deceased.”

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