Friends raising money for funeral of woman found dead in Jackson Co.

Whitney Venable, 28, and Joey Marcum, 35, were found dead after a car fire in Jackson County on...
Whitney Venable, 28, and Joey Marcum, 35, were found dead after a car fire in Jackson County on December 28, 2017.(WKYT)
Published: Jan. 2, 2018 at 9:59 AM EST
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The names of two people found dead after a car fire have been released. On Tuesday, the Jackson County Deputy Coroner identified them as Whitney Venable, 28, and Joey Marcum, 35. Both are from the Sand Gap community of Jackson County.

Their bodies were found on December 28, 2017, on Rock Lick Creek Road in a remote area of Jackson County. The deputy coroner says a cause of death has not been determined for either one of them. He tells WKYT it could be a while before investigators figure out how they died.

State Police were called to the scene last week to investigate. They have not said if foul play is involved in the deaths.

News of the pair's deaths has hit family and friends hard.

"It’s scary not knowing what happened them. Knowing that someone could have done this to them. Nothing like that ever happens around here," said friend Gail Farra.

The deaths have also created a big expense for family members, so the community is stepping in to help.

The owner of Whistle Stop Gas and Grocery is raising money for Venable's family. She used to work at the business.

"We want Whitney’s family to be able to grieve and heal without having the burden of her funeral expense," said owner Lynette Hunter.

Friends say it's all they can do while they wait for State Police to complete the investigation.

"Whitney was always smiling, everywhere are we were seeing her at, always smiling. Had two adorable babies," said Farra.

Venable's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Lakes Funeral Home in McKee. Marcum's funeral will be Friday at Lakes Funeral Home.