UPDATE: Coroner ID’s victim in car fire, classifies death as homicide

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Fayette Co. Coroner has released the identity of a man whose body was found in a burned-out car Sunday night.

According to the coroner, the victim is 24-year-old Joseph Trevor Dilger.

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The coroner’s report does not include information on the cause of death, but described the manner of death as a homicide.

No word from police on how the investigation into Dilger’s death is proceeding.

ABC 36 News will update this story as more information becomes available.



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9-5-16 6:00 p.m.

Lexington firefighters made a disturbing discovery after responding to a car fire off Redd and Elkchester Road Sunday night.

Officials say shortly after fire crews put out that car fire they discovered a body in the backseat.

A neighbor living nearby told police he heard a commotion and walked down the road to see what it was.

He spotted a car parked on the side of the road that was on fire and called the fire department.

Investigators say it does not appear that there was a crash before the car caught fire.

Police are calling this a death investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

The coroner has not released the name of the victim.

The road was closed for several hours and is expected to be reopened Monday morning.