Crime

Lexington homicide victim identified

The Fayette County coroner's office identified a homicide victim whose burning body was found Sunday in a Lexington driveway.

The man was Victor Lamont Martin, 39, of Lexington.

Martin's body was badly burned, making it difficult for investigators to tell his age or race. On Monday, the coroner's office and Lexington Division of Police released a composite photo and description with hopes that someone would recognize him. Investigators did not say how they were able to identify Martin.

His body was found about 7:45 a.m. in front of a home on the 2000 block of Russell Cave Road, just beyond Winburn subdivision. The body was found by a homeowner getting his newspaper.

Martin was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:56 a.m.

It was unclear whether he had been killed before being set on fire. A release from the coroner's office said the cause of death had been determined, but officials "will not be releasing this information due to the ongoing homicide investigation."

Anyone with information about Martin's death is asked to call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600 or Blue Grass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.

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