MOUNT VERNON, Kentucky (WATE) — Kentucky State Police are investigating a fire that killed a retired state trooper.

The remains of Phillip A. Hays, 57, of Pine Knot were identified by the State Medical Examiner’s Office following a house fire in McCreary County on March 29.


Hays was a Retired Kentucky State Trooper. He graduated from Cadet Class #72 and retired in 2013 From Post 11 London.

The structure fire occurred Wednesday on Johns Road in Pine Knot. Once the fire was extinguished, investigators located the remains of a male victim. 

The case remains under investigation by Kentucky State Police Detective Matthew Parmley.