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Jackson County coroner identifies two people found in burned vehicle

The Jackson County coroner’s office has identified the two people whose bodies were found last week in a burned vehicle.

They were identified as Whitney Sparks Venable, 28, and Joey Ray Marcum, 35, both of McKee.

The bodies were found Thursday on Rock Lick Creek Road northeast of Jackson. Authorities found one person in the vehicle and another outside it, Coroner Melvin Lakes said last week. Both were burned beyond recognition.

The deaths are under investigation by Kentucky State Police.

The funeral for Venable, the mother of two children, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lakes Funeral Home in McKee.

The funeral for Marcum, the father of three children, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, also at Lakes Funeral Home.

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