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Oldham County Police say case of body found in burnt-out car ruled a homicide

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Oldham County Police say the case of a body found inside a burnt-out car has been ruled a homicide -- and they've identified the victim.

According to a news release, the body was that of 44-year-old Dwayne L. Hale, a resident of the 1300 block of S. 36th Street in Louisville.

The burning car was found on Tuesday, April 28, just off U.S. 42 on North Highway 393. Oldham County Police Sgt. James Brown said the car was fully engulfed in flames by the time police arrived, and the fire department had to put the fire out.

That's when police learned this was much more than just a car on fire and there were actual human remains inside.

"They were located within the vehicle," Sgt. Brown said. "The vehicle was then treated as a crime scene. It's being processed and the body has been taken to the medical examiner's office and an autopsy has been performed and we do suspect that foul play is involved in the death of that individual."

On Thursday, Oldham County Police officially notified the media that the case had taken a new turn.

"Findings from the Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death was not from natural causes," a news release stated. "The Oldham County Police has transitioned from a death investigation to a homicide investigation."

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call Oldham County Police at (502) 222-1300.

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