SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) - Spotsylvania's sheriff said he believes a mother and son found dead outside their home early Sunday morning both suffered medical emergencies overnight Saturday. Authorities believe the woman suffered a medical emergency, and her son suffered one as well as he attempted to save her.
Spotsylvania deputies responded around 8:20 a.m. Sunday to a call in the 5700 block of Hams Ford Road in Spotsylvania. Authorities said someone identified as a family friend reported that the two residents of the home were deceased outside their home. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered the bodies of Viola Cox, 84 and her son, Douglas Cox, 60.
Authorities said on Sunday that the Cox family didn't appear to have cell service at their home. When Viola Cox suffered a medical emergency on the back porch of their home and fell down the steps, authorities said her son Douglas needed to run to a neighbor's house to call for help from there. On the way to the neighbor's, authorities said, Douglas Cox also suffered a medical emergency.
Investigation by Spotsylvania detectives concluded around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and determined that the two had been outside the home for most of the night. The victims were taken to the Medical Examiner's office in Richmond for further identification and to determine the cause of their death. Authorities said no signs of trauma were noted on the bodies, and no evidence of criminal activity was discovered during the investigation of the scene.
Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger L. Harris said, "Our initial investigation of this scene appears to show that Mrs. Cox suffered a medical emergency last night and as her son was attempting to summon aid by utilizing a trail leading to a neighbor's house, he also suffered a medical emergency. The results of this tragic set of circumstances left two family members deceased."