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Loretto man identified as the victim in Washington County car fire

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The Kentucky State Police have identified the victim in an Aug. 1 car fire as Thomas Ray Pendygraft, 20, of Loretto. Pendygraft was identified through DNA testing.

The state police were called to investigate a car fire at 7:48 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Springfield Reservoir on Booker Road. A Washington County sheriff's deputy reported that a body was inside the car.

In the days after the fire, the state police reported that the victim was a male, but did not make any further statement about the individual.

On Aug. 27, the state police released the identity of the victim. Pendygraft was found in 2009 Dodge that belonged to his father, Larry Pendygraft of Loretto, according to the state police.

Detective Nick Davis is still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is urged to contacted the state police by calling 1-800-222-5555 or be sending a message to TEXT-A-TIP at 67283. Text messages should include KSPTIP following by the message.