By Jeff Gallatin
North Olmsted city police are awaiting toxicology reports from the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office about the cause of death for a Gareau Drive couple found dead in their home Feb. 5.
Police Chief Jamie Gallagher said the department is still attempting to find relatives and that the names will be released as soon as the next of kin is notified.
“Not a lot is known about these people at this time. We’re still looking into it,” he said.
The 45-year-old man and his 49-year-old wife were found dead in their home around 12:45 p.m. when police entered it. Gallagher said the initial investigation by officers netted no immediate cause of death.
“There was no sign of foul play or any evidence which would make you think there was any that we could determine,” Gallagher said. “There was no sign of CO2 carbon monoxide buildup or anything like that, either.”
Gallagher said the heat was on in the home and noted the couple had apparently been dead for days.
“The mail was piling up, so a postal worker lodged a complaint (and) we went into the house when we were notified,” Gallagher said. “We found the two of them when we went in.”
He said nobody around the area knew anything, either. Gallagher said there hadn’t been any reported problems at the home. The coroner’s office was notified and the bodies taken there for examination.
Gallagher said it likely will be a few weeks before a ruling is issued.
“It typically takes 30 to 45 days for a toxicology report to come back,” he said. “We’ll know more about it when we see the results of the report.”
Gallagher, a 30-year police veteran, said this case is unusual.
“I’ve never seen one quite like this where there’s no indicators on what may have caused this,” he said.
Representatives from the coroner’s office did not return calls for comment.