Trooper Jonathan Biven
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 3, Bowling Green
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Update to Death Investigation on I-65 in Warren County
Date of News Release: 02/20/2008
(Bowling Green) - All preliminary reports from the Kentucky State Medical Examiner's Office have been concluded, and forwarded to Post 3 Investigators and to the Warren County Coroner's Office. After a thorough investigation by Detective Forrest Winchester and Arson Investigator David West, it has been concluded that William Bruce Dugas' death appears to have been accidental. The cause of death is listed as smoke inhalation and acute thermal injury.
There is no indication of foul play. During the course of the investigation, Detectives learned from eyewitnesses at the scene that Mr. Dugas' vehicle was parked at the rest area while the engine was running. Moments later witnesses observed a flame emitting from underneath the vehicles engine compartment.
The preliminary toxicology reports indicate that Mr. Dugas was possibly under the influence of intoxicants before his death. The case will remain open, but the investigation has been concluded.
Original Press Releases Below:
(Bowling Green) - On January 26, 2008 the Warren County Coroner's Office positively identified the deceased subject as William Bruce Dugas of Scottsville. The investigation is still ongoing.
Date of News Release: 01/26/2008
(Bowling Green) - On 01/25/08 at 2308 hours Kentucky State Police responded to a vehicle fire at the 29 mile-marker southbound rest area. An unidentified male subject was found deceased inside the vehicle. The cause of death is unknown at this time and is currently under investigation. Death notification is pending a positive identification of the body.