Fayette County

Lexington police launch death investigation after body found in burning vehicle

Lexington police have launched a death investigation after a body was found Sunday night in a burning vehicle off Redd Road.

The fire department was initially called out about 8:14 p.m. for a report of a vehicle on fire on the rural one-lane road, Lexington police Lt. Richard Willoby said. When firefighters arrived, they found the vehicle on the side of the road in flames.

After the fire was out, firefighters found a body in the back seat, Willoby said. Detectives and the coroner’s office were then called to the scene on Redd Road near the Elkchester Road.

There does not appear to have been a crash before the vehicle fire, Willoby said. Authorities were originally called by a witness who said he heard a commotion outside, went out to see what was happening and found the vehicle on fire.

As of Sunday night, the identity, age and sex of the victim had not been determined, Willoby said. Just after 10:30 p.m. Willoby said the portion of Redd Road near Elkchester Road would remain closed for several more hours as detectives investigated the scene.

Until the Fayette County Coroner’s Office determines the cause of the victim’s death, the police department is handling the case as a death investigation, Willoby said.