CO poisoning deaths appear to be accidental

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Salt Lake City police say a man and a woman were found dead in a parked car that was running inside a garage near 1200 West and 1400 South just after 12 p.m.

Originally, police believed the two may have committed suicide. Following an investigation, however, they say it appears 22-year-old Jose Luis Merino and 17-year-old Nadia Moreno were accidentally poisoned by the carbon monoxide.

Merino and Moreno were both in the passenger seat of the car when another resident of the home found them.

CO poisoning deaths appear to be accidental

Sgt. Robin Snyder, with the Salt Lake City Police Department, said, "This male doesn't show up to work. Another one of his roommates who works with him called home to another male who is in the house -- I think he was sleeping -- and said, ‘Hey, will you go check on so-and-so.' That's when he heard the vehicle running, went into the garage, saw the vehicle was running and the male and female inside."

The man called police, but by that time he was starting to feel the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning himself. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out and is expected to be OK.

We will have more details on this story as soon as they become available.


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