A man’s body was found after a vehicle fire was put out in Pulaski County Saturday morning, and another man has been charged with his murder.
Deputies from the Pulaski County sheriff’s office and firefighters from the Haynes Knob Fire Department were called to a fire in a 1997 Ford Escort LX on Rush Branch Road at about 6:45 a.m.
When they arrived, the fire was “fully involved,” and after the fire was extinguished, the man’s remains were found, according to the sheriff’s office.
Humberto Mesa-Vasquez, 34, is accused of killing the man, identified by Somerset police as Jorge Martinez, on South Main Street in Somerset, then taking his body to Rush Branch Road, WKYT reported.
Mesa-Vasquez was arrested Saturday and was being held in the Pulaski County Detention Center on charges of murder, first-degree arson, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy.
The Pulaski County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating.