Two killed in Jackson Co. van fire identified

The two people found dead in a burned van on Sunday were from McKee.

Christopher R. Wicker, 31, and Patricia Gabbard, 51, both died of smoke inhalation, according to autopsy results and the Kentucky State Police.

Wicker and Gabbard were living in the van, and it appears a propane lantern used as a light and heat source inside the vehicle started the fire, according to a state police press release.

The bodies and fire were found along Black Water Road in Jackson County, the release said.