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Dental expert called to ID bodies found in burned Breathitt car

SOUTHFORK, Ky. (WYMT) - We have new information on the investigation into two bodies found inside a burned car in Breathitt County.

The flaming vehicle was discovered October 6 on Highway 1098 in the Southfork community of Breathitt County.

Two people died, but officials have yet to identify them. That could change soon - a dental expert has been called in to help make the ID at the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort.

"The dental records have been the hardest thing for us to get," Breathitt Co. Coroner George Griffith said. "We had to get them out of Michigan."

Michigan is the home of the car's owner, Sheryl Lessor. She told Mountain News she's afraid the victims could be her family.

Griffith expects the state medical examiner's office to officially identify the victims by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"I can release the identities of the bodies (then) and I'll also call the families and see how they want to handle the arrangements or whoever wants to make the arrangements," Griffith said.

Griffith also confirmed the bodies are that of one man and one woman.

The charred vehicle is undergoing tests in Frankfort so investigators can determine how the fire started.

Kentucky State Police officers are still investigating.


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