Coroner rules heat killed Evansville couple

By: Asscociated Press Email
By: Asscociated Press Email

Autopsies have determined that heat caused the deaths of an Evansville couple found dead in mobile home.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Annie Groves ruled the deaths of 73-year-old Paul Armes and 66-year-old Marcella Armes accidental due to hyperthermia Tuesday. She tells the Evansville Courier & Press it's not clear yet when the couple died.

Police Sgt. Larry Nelson says it was about 108 degrees inside their home with all windows and doors closed when officers went inside Monday night and found the bodies. They were last heard from about July 1, and Evansville's temperatures have topped 100 degrees on seven days since then.

Nelson said an air conditioner was not working.

Heat is suspected in at least five other deaths in recent days across.

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