Nestled among dozens of tall trees along a narrow road in southern LaRue County, the remains of a home continued to burn late Thursday afternoon — a day after the body of an adult female was found inside the one-level structure.
Kentucky State Police spokesman Scotty Sharp confirmed Thursday afternoon the body was found in the home by firefighters. A news release earlier in the day said a “deceased victim” was found inside.
A bouquet of flowers sat in front of yellow police tape stripped along trees at the entrance to the property. One of three vehicles on the property also was destroyed by the fire.
The woman’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville for an autopsy and positive identification. Sharp said given the condition of the body, “it will take DNA to identify” the victim.
It’s uncertain when a confirmed identity would be known, Sharp said.
He said it was his understanding that a family lived inside the home. Three bicycles and a plastic Big Wheel riding toy sat outside the residence.
Sharp said detectives were conducting interviews Thursday at KSP headquarters. He was unsure who alerted authorities to the fire or who might have been at the residence when the fire began. There were no other reported injuries, according to a news release.
The fire was at 618 Otter Creek Road near the Buffalo community, about three-quarters of a mile off Ky. 210, near the Taylor and Green County line in a sparsely populated area. Otter Creek Baptist Church and a cemetery are nearby.
The origin of the fire and cause of death remain under investigation.
The Buffalo Fire Department responded to a service call around 2 p.m. Department officials did not respond Thursday to an interview request.
KSP was contacted around 4:45 p.m. after the body was found. Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Killebrew and the LaRue County coroner’s office also responded to the call.
The investigation is being handled by KSP Detectives Michael Cook and Steve Lowery.