Heat suspected in deaths of Nashville mother, son

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Heat is suspected to be a factor in deaths of an elderly mother and son who were found in their Nashville home after being dead for about two weeks.

According to a news release from Metro Police, 79-year-old Catherine Sells and 60-year-old Bobby Sells were found late Thursday morning after concerned relatives called police.

The bodies were located inside the Sells' locked home that had no air conditioning. Autopsies released Friday morning revealed the pair suffered from significant heart issues.

The causes of death will not be officially determined until the results of toxicology testing are returned. Foul play is not suspected.

Detectives speculate that Catherine Sells may have died first and Bobby Sells may have been overcome by a combination of emotions, heat and heart disease.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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