The identity of a third body found at a burned residence in LaRue County earlier this year is the person police believe responsible for all three killings.
Michael Murray, 40, of Louisville, was positively identified as the third victim discovered July 22 at the residence on River Road, Kentucky State Police said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.
The two other victims found at the residence in the Roanoke community were Nicole Murray, 39, of New Haven, and Brittany Wilson, 33, of Louisville. Wilson’s body had been dismembered, police said, and was in a freezer in the residence. Police believe she was killed in an assault sometime before July 22 in Jefferson County.
Police found Michael Murray’s body in the summer, but couldn’t identify it immediately because of the burned condition.
KSP alleges Nicole Murray was a victim of a domestic situation in which she was shot twice and as a result died at the residence on River Road.
KSP believes Michael Murray, after killing Nicole Murray, notified a family member and confessed to killing both her and Wilson before setting the LaRue County home on fire and then killing himself, KSP said in a news release.
Based on evidence found at the residence and information obtained from a family member, KSP notified Louisville Metro Police which in turn began a death investigation with assistance from KSP.
LMPD and KSP’s search of a residence at 6004 Ashby Lane in Louisville were able to confirm that Wilson was killed at the residence, on a unknown date before July 22.
The investigation into Wilson’s death is being handled by LMPD’s Homicide Unit.