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Police identify woman and caretaker found dead in Tyngsborough from high carbon monoxide levels

Authorities searched Sunday for the source of the deadly gas.


TYNGSBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) —Police have identified the woman and caretaker found dead in a Tyngsborough home as 91-year-old Doris Gariepy and 38-year-old Tonya McKinney.

Gariepy and McKinney were found dead Saturday inside a home, where firefighters said there were dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Police reported Gariepy was from Tynsborough and McKinney was from St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica.

“On behalf of the department and the town of Tyngsborough, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased,” Chief Howe said in a statement.

The home was ventilated by firefighters. The police and fire departments and National Grid were on the scene Sunday, looking to identify the cause of the dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

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According to the statement, Tyngsborough police and the fire department responded with Massachusetts State Police to a call at 10:45 a.m. regarding two unresponsive individuals in the home on the Mascuppic Trail. Police reported Gariepy and McKinney were found dead at the scene.

Tyngsborough detectives are investigating the incident.

“This is an absolute tragedy and we will continue to work diligently to determine how this occurred,” Tyngsborough Police Chief Richard Howe said in a statement.

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