Erie County Sheriff's Office
UPDATED WITH NAMES: Officials seek answers in autopsy
May 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM
Erie County deputies identified the bodies as Eunice Tuttle, 87 and tentatively identified the second as her son David Tuttle, 62 through autopsies and investigation. A coroner found no signs of trauma on the bodies.
Autopsies for two severely decomposed bodies found in a Huron Township home Saturday were delayed until early this morning.
Though Erie County deputies believe the bodies are those of an elderly woman and adult son who lived together in a Beachwood Villas townhouse on Cleveland Road, they will not release the pair’s names until after this morning’s scheduled autopsy at the Lucas County Coroner’s office, Erie County Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.
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The examination was initially scheduled for Monday, but was pushed back a day, Oliver said.
Deputies were, however, able to locate an extended family member of the mother and son to notify them of the deaths — a task that had eluded them until Monday.
Oliver previously said deputies found no signs of foul play inside the home.
Deputies discovered the bodies late Saturday afternoon after a postal worker noticed mail piling up at the address. Officials believe the pair could have died as early as mid-April and as late as about three weeks ago.
Hopefully, today’s autopsy will not only identify the bodies, but will determine what led to their demise. Investigators tested the home Saturday for high levels of carbon monoxide, but that, at least initially, did not appear to be the cause of death, Oliver said.
An Erie County detective will be present for the autopsy today, Oliver said.
“Once we make official identification of the bodies, we’ll release the names. Now we’re just interested to see what the autopsy has to say” Oliver said.
The pair lived at 1512 Cleveland Road, townhouse No. 2. Anyone with information can call the sheriff’s office at 419-625-7951.