Heat Related Deaths
By: CJ Cassidy
Coroner John Clifton tells Heartland News, the deaths are heat related and there is no evidence of foul play.
A very close friend of the
Christy Parr says, with her air conditioner on it's her last legs, it's been so hot inside her home she's worried about the effect the heat might have on her three year old daughter. "She won't go to sleep at night unless I put her in a tub of cold water," Parr says.
Parr says Wednesday evening's deadly discovery came as a wake up call. That's after preliminary autopsy results showed the deaths were heat related, but police say, there were also other factors that may have contributed to the extremely high temperatures inside the home.
"It appears the residents sealed up the windows because of an asthma condition with the son who lived there I guess they believed that would help them," Patrol Jason Selzer with the Cape Girardeau Police Department says.
"There's a lot of people don't like to come up and ask," Tina Rodgers with the Salvation Army says. She adds you'd be surprised how many people choose to suffer in silence.
And while not everyone who asks for a fan or air conditioner will get one, Rodgers hopes groups like hers will help cool down those who need it the most.
"If you know people who need fans, and they don't want to speak up make the contact for them," she says.
For more information contact your local Salvation Army.
Police found out about Glenda and Clarence Rogers because a friend of the family checked in on them yesterday.
Coroner John Clifton asks everyone to stay alert during summer heat waves. He suggests, mail carriers inform authorities if it looks like someone hasn't checked their mail in a while.
He also says newspapers stacking up on someone's door step could be a sign something might be wrong inside.