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Trooper Shane Jacobs
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Kentucky State Police
Post 10, Harlan
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Death Investigation in Harlan County

Date of News Release: 02/18/2013

(Evarts, Ky.) -- On February 18, 2013 at 1055 a.m. Kentucky State Police, Post 10, Harlan responded to a house fire located on Kelly Street in the Evarts community of Harlan County. Once troopers and detectives arrived at the scene they located Ronnie King, 59, of Evarts deceased inside.

Preliminary investigation indicates that foul play is suspected. No arrests have been made at this time. KSP troopers, detectives, State Fire Marshal's Office, Evarts Fire Department, and Evarts Police Department are still on the scene at the time of this release. Personnel from the Kentucky State Police Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) branch from Frankfort are enroute to assist in the investigation.

The body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Frankfort for an autopsy. The case is under investigation by KSP Det. Mike Cornett.

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