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Police release names of victims in Knott death investigation

Heartland News Service

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TOPMOST — Kentucky State Police in Hazard have released the identities of two people whose badly burned remains were found in Knott County last week.


Several agencies on July 20 responded to the scene at an abandoned mine site on Mullins Branch Road in Topmost following a report that a burned-out vehicle had been located at the site, and it appeared that human remains were inside.


David E. Sparkman, 26, and Keisha M. Sexton, 18, both of the Topmost community, had been burned beyond recognition when police arrived on the scene, according to a press release from the state police issued on Wednesday.


The vehicle and remains were transported to the state medical examiner’s office for further examination, and the identities of those inside were released by authorities after notification from the coroner’s office.


Police on Wednesday also declined to comment further on the investigation, but asked for anyone who may have information regarding the deaths of David Sparkman and Keisha Sexton to contact Det. Chris Collins at the Kentucky State Police at 606-435-6069.

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