Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected in death of Chesterfield County couple

UPDATE: Chesterfield County Police has released the identities of a man and a woman who were found dead inside a residence Tuesday night.

Police responded to check the welfare of the residents of the home located on the 13600 block of Paigewood Road at about 7:22 p.m. When officers arrived, they discovered a vehicle running in a garage attached to the house.

“Officers forced entry to the residence and a strong odor of vehicle exhaust was present. Chesterfield County Fire & EMS responded and located the victims, Opal H. Foltz, 79, and her husband, Merlin D. Foltz, 80, deceased upstairs,” Chesterfield Police said. “Fire personnel detected high levels of carbon monoxide throughout the residence.”

Police say the investigation does not indicate any foul play and that their deaths appear to be accidental.

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities in Chesterfield County have launched a death investigation after two people were found dead inside their home Tuesday night.

Police say they responded to a call for a welfare check at a home in the 13000 block of Paigewood Road shortly after 7 p.m. When they arrived, they found two elderly victims dead inside.

Police say they do not suspect foul play and that there is no danger to the community.

Police added that there were reports of a gassy smell in the area, but confirmed that no leak was found at the home.

The identities of the two people are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

A cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner and police continue their investigation.

Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.

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