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SALT LAKE CITY -- There's new information about a man's body found in a burned-out car in southern Utah. KSL 5 News has learned victim appears to be Zachary Ruble, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of Utah whose home was Maysville, Ky.
The Ledger Independent of Maysville reports that a vehicle identification number positively identifies the car as Ruble's KIA Sorento. His family has sent dental records to Washington County in an effort to confirm that the remains are those of Ruble.
A rancher found the vehicle near Zion National Park last Thursday, and the cause of death is still under investigation.
Ruble was an avid hiker and rock climber, as well as an outstanding student who won a scholarship to help pay for his education.
Salt Lake County investigators are looking into two similar deaths: one in Big Cottonwood Canyon and one at Saltair. In each case, the victim's body was found in a burned-out vehicle.