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Death of former KY mayor found in burned home was suspicious

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(AP) Kentucky State Police are investigating after the former mayor of an Appalachian town was found dead in his burning home.

Kentucky State Police told media that the fire was suspicious and that "foul play is suspected" is the death of 59-year-old Ronnie King. Police say King's body was found after a blaze was extinguished Monday at his home in Evarts, a Harlan County town that is close to the Virginia border.

Trooper Shane Jacobs said King's body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy to determine his cause of death. He said police aren't immediately releasing more information.

King served the city of Evarts in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a city councilman and as mayor. 

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Kentucky State Police suspect foul play in the death of a man found dead inside his burned home Monday morning.

The fire happened at the home of Ronnie King, 59, located on Kelly Street in the Evarts community of Harlan County.   King's body was found inside, and investigators believe he was killed intentionally, but they did not provide any details on how he died.

The body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Frankfort for an autopsy.

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