Bodies found in 2012 investigation identified

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
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JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - A murder investigation is underway in Breathitt County seven months after two people were found dead in a burned car.

The Breathitt County coroner says that the bodies found back in October were so badly burnt that they had to be sent to Texas for identification.

Now, months later, the results answer the question investigators and family members have been asking all along.

A heartbroken Kelly Spencer is asking for help, by collecting donations for the funeral of his niece, Crystal Hufstetler.

Seven months ago the bodies of her and her husband, Michael Hufstetler were found in a burned car.

However until Friday, no one knew for sure if it was them. The bodies were sent to Texas in order to be positively identified.

“Their teeth were charred and we couldn't get the dental records and it took seven months to get the DNA back,” said Breathitt County Coroner, George Griffith.

But family members say they knew all along.

“I got three great nieces, and it scares me just to look at them, because I know the pain they feel,” said Spencer.

The Breathitt County coroner says Crystal died from gunshot wounds in her back, and Michael was killed by gunshot wounds to his chest and blunt force trauma to his head.

Spencer says he has one message to the person he suspects killed them saying, “Be a man admit what you did take responsibility for your foolishness you took a part of someone's life that you can't get back.”

So with a small collection of money, they can now say goodbye once and for all.

Police have not yet made any arrests in the case, which is now being considered a murder investigation.
UPDATED May 17, 2013 @ 6:00pm

BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky (WYMT) -- More information is being released in a case dating back to 2012.

The Breathitt County coroner has confirmed that the bodies found in a burned car in the Southfork community of Breathitt County in have been positively identified as Michael Hufstetler and Crystal Hufstetler of Michigan.

Still no word on the cause of death.

KSP Detective Gary Sandlin has confirmed the investigation will be upgraded to a homicide investigation.

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