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Deputies: Victims may be woman, adult son

Shawn Foucher • May 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Erie County deputies suspect two severely decomposed bodies found in a Huron Township townhome Saturday afternoon are those of an elderly woman and her adult son.

Investigators said they’re withholding their names until they can track down family members or someone who knew them.   Deputies discovered the bodies in the Beachwood Villas townhouse at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, after a mail carrier noticed quite a bit of mail accumulating at that address.

Investigators entered the place and found the bodies, prompting them to call in Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation employees to help process the scene. Late Sunday the place was still blocked off by yellow crimescene tape.

The mother and son could have died as early as mid-April — there was a newspaper on the table from about that time — but they were almost certainly dead at least three weeks ago, given the extent of decomposition, deputies said.

There were no signs of forced entry, no signs the place had been burglarized, and deputies found no weapons inside, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

“There are no obvious signs of foul play,” Oliver said.

Both bodies have been sent to the Lucas County coroner’s office for autopsies, which should be done later today. While that could help determine a cause of death, authorities are also hoping dental records or DNA tests will help confirm the identities.

“We’ll know more (today),” Oliver said. “We have not been able to find any family members. If anyone knows them or knows the family members, call the sheriff’s office”

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