Deputies: Victims may be woman, adult son

No foul play suspected in weeks-old deaths. If anyone knows them or knows the family members, call the sheriff’s office
Shawn Foucher
May 19, 2014


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”



This may seem obvious, but what about names on all that mail??


"Both bodies have been sent to the Lucas County coroner’s office for autopsies"

That means the results will say accidental suicide !!!! ;o)


Come on now. You put a gun to your head what is going to happen?

Jakes Dad

No stippling,no GSR,no blood on the hands? What do you think happened? Oh yes a bad gun.Put it in his hand!


How can we know if we know them without telling us the residents' names?


My thoughts exactly!


Let see if we can figure this out..Hmmm 2 body's dead at the same time...How does 2 people die at the same time w/out foul play??? was it gas?? It could have been a act of God..Like one was already dead and the other one could have been so shocked they fell over w/ a heart attack. Not sure if we will ever know...


I'm guessing carbon monoxide poisoning or something along those lines.


How did the neighbors not smell the odor of decomposing bodies?? These are town houses with connecting walls. We all know terrible odors travel. The whole situation seems funny to me. Prayers to the family once they are found.


If there is no foul play suspected, how are there victims?


Stupid article ! You all have asked what the authorities should have. You might as well investigate it. Names mail, Smell neighbors, decided to die at the same time. Victims ? Haven't seen them around for 2 months. Car ,if any hasn't moved ?


No need to withhold the names, the address was already published. Anyone with half a brain and an internet connection can figure that one out.


I'm guessing the adult son was ill but taking care of his elderly mother. I would assume that the son (caregiver) passed away first, therefor there was no one caring for the elderly woman. I just hope and pray that the woman didn't suffer, i/e starve to death, or lack of water. That would be such a horrible way to die. I would say best case scenario, is they died of carbon monoxide poisoning. But I would rule that out immediately, because the people living on the other side of the wall were not affected, also if there was any inclination of carbon monoxide in the air, the EMTS' carry a device that measures and test the air and produces results on the spot. May they both rest in peace, God Speed

JMOP's picture

I have a feeling that's what happened too. They must of only had each other, therefore no one else noticed them gone.