Autopsies are due to be performed as part of an ongoing state police investigation into the “unattended” deaths of a Haverhill couple, found unresponsive in a Lamoille Avenue home Saturday morning by their young children.
Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Essex District Attorrney Jonathan Blodgett, told WHAV the identities of a 36-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man are being withheld as the deaths occurred inside their home, and at this time, there is no criminal issue involved.
“Foul play is not suspected at this time, and the cause and manner of death would be determined by the office of the chief medical examiner in Boston, who will perform an autopsy and toxicology screens, as a standard procecdure, to determine the cause and manner of death,” Kimball-Monahan said.
She said the Department of Children and Families have placed the children, ages 10 and 8, in the custody of a grandmother whom the children contacted first.
“As a standard practice, the Department of Children and Families is notified when children are involved in a situation like this. Fortunately, the grandmother was able to come to the home and meet with the social workers from DCF, and she now has custody of the children,” Kimball-Monahan said.
The investigation by state police assigned to District Attorney Blodgett’s office is ongoing. According to Kimball-Monahan, it could take “quite some time” before final autopsy results are completed.