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Police suspect foul play after body is found in burning car

Police suspect foul play after body is found in burning car
Published: Apr. 28, 2015 at 10:20 AM EDT|Updated: May. 5, 2015 at 7:03 PM EDT
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A worker prepares to haul away the burned out car. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
A worker prepares to haul away the burned out car. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
Highway 393 was closed in the 5000 block while police investigated. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE...
Highway 393 was closed in the 5000 block while police investigated. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

BUCKNER, KY (WAVE) - Human remains were found inside a burning car, with no signs of collision or impact, early Tuesday morning in Oldham County.

The car was found straddling both lanes of KY 393 near Highway 42 shortly before 2 a.m. Oldham County police suspected foul play almost immediately.

"It's remote, with no shoulders," Sgt. James Brown. "But it's enough of a thoroughfare that somebody would be along every fifteen minutes or so."

Investigators aren't sure how long the car had been aflame when a passing driver called 911. But it was fully engulfed when police and North Oldham firefighters arrived, Brown said.

They found the remains inside only after the fire was out.

"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," Brown said.

The vehicle remained on site for more than four hours before being towed to a secure building. The body remained inside until a medical examiner removed it for autopsy.

Brown said the medical examiner had determined the sex of the victim, but police were not ready to release any information on the victim.

The car's license plate has provided some leads, but not a positive identification.

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

"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."

Late Tuesday afternoon, a family arrived at police headquarters to meet with investigators. They declined to speak to reporters when they left about an hour later. Police would not confirm whether those interviewed are connected to the investigation.

"Due to continuing investigation and pending medical results, no identification of the body will, or can, be made today," Brown said a short time later.

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