- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

ADAMSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A sheriff says carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected in the deaths of a man and woman in eastern Ohio.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz (lootz) says both had severe pneumonia, making them more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. Lutz says preliminary autopsy results showed carbon monoxide in the man’s system. Investigators suspect it also will show up in toxicology reports for the woman.

Lutz says the gas furnace or wood burner in the home in Adamsville might be to blame.

Authorities were called to the two-story home Tuesday morning after a neighbor making a welfare check found the bodies on the floor of a downstairs bedroom. Lutz identified the two as 77-year-old Carolyn Eileen Porter, who lived at the home, and her acquaintance, 64-year-old Thomas A. Cash of Zanesville.

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