Boone, NC -- North Carolina police are pointing to carbon monoxide poisoning as the likely reason for the death of an 11-year-old South Carolina boy and two other guests found dead in the same motel room almost two months ago.
Officers responded to the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza on E. King St. Saturday around 12:30 p.m.
Boone police said Monday that emergency responders found carbon monoxide in the room where Jeffrey Williams of Rock Hill, S.C., died Saturday. Police say a preliminary autopsy found the boy died from asphyxia, which happens when inhaled toxic gases cut off oxygen to the body.
Jeffrey's 49-year-old mother Jeannie Williams was rushed to a hospital and survived. She doesn't remember anything after coming out of a medically induced coma.
A Longview, Wash., couple was found dead in the same motel room on April 16. Police said new toxicology results show 73-year-old Daryl Dean Jenkins and 72-year-old Shirley Mae Jenkins died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Boone Police Department