2 adults, 3 kids found dead in Pennsylvania cabin

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Updated Sunday, May 4 at 5:33 AM

ELIMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania police say two adults and three children found dead inside a cabin had "toxic levels" of carbon monoxide in their blood.

State police say a propane heater was found inside the cabin where the five people were found Saturday.

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette (http://bit.ly/SlIqHE ) reports that the bodies were discovered by the cabin owner just before noon Saturday in Lycoming County.

State police say they do not consider the deaths suspicious but the investigation is ongoing.

The two adults were identified as 23-year-old Jacqueline R. Stackhouse, of New Columbia, and 30-year-old Nathan L. Reece, of Muncy. The names of the children — a 3-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl — weren't immediately made public.

The cabin owner says there had been a friendly gathering the night before.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Two adults and three children were found dead Saturday inside a small cabin in north-central Pennsylvania, authorities say.

State Police Capt. David Young told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1neVRmU) the bodies were discovered by the owner of the 10- by 16-foot cabin just before noon in rural Washington Township in Lycoming County.

Young said the preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play and the cause of the deaths was not considered suspicious. But state police are looking at all possibilities, including carbon monoxide poisoning, he said. A propane heater was found inside the cabin.

The two adults were identified as 23-year-old Jacqueline R. Stackhouse, of New Columbia, and 30-year-old Nathan L. Reece, of Muncy. Authorities did not release the names of the children — a 9-year-old girl, a 4-year-old girl, and Stackhouse's 3-year-old son. Aside from the mother and son, police did not know how the victims were related.

Authorities say the property owner, whose name was not released, hosted a friendly get-together Friday night and slept in his truck outside the cabin before awaking Saturday and later finding the bodies.

County Coroner Charles Kiessling pronounced all five dead at the scene.

Some relatives of the victims watched near the cabin, as authorities investigated.

"It was a hysterical scene, especially for the parents of some of the victims," Young told the newspaper in describing the reaction from family and friends when told of the deaths.

Print
Email
|