Elderly couple found dead inside Chesterfield home identified

Published: Apr. 5, 2017 at 1:49 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2017 at 11:12 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police have identified the two people found dead inside of a home.

Officers say Opal H. Foltz, 79, and her husband, Merlin D. Foltz, 80, were found upstairs in a home on the 13600 block of Paigewood Road, near Lucks Lane and 288.

Officers responded after receiving a call for a welfare check at 7:22 p.m. on Tuesday. When officers got to the home, there was a strong smell of vehicle exhaust that came from a car that was left running in the garage attached to the home. Two bodies were discovered inside the house.

Officers also asked neighbors if they knew anything. Thomas Willis knew the couple for over 30 years. He told officers to go to the home in question and see if there was a newspaper still on the front porch.

"Just tried to make things a little easier. I'd get his newspaper and take it up and put it on his porch for him every day and roll his trash can up and take the empty can back every week," said Willis.

When police went to the front door Tuesday night, the morning paper was still there.

"When I took it up this morning, there were no other newspapers, so it was obvious they got their newspaper yesterday and things were okay, at least through the evening yesterday," said Willis.

Willis lived across the street from the Foltz's for 32 years. He says they were a very sweet couple and great neighbors. He says news of their deaths breaks his heart.

"Oh yeah, very definitely. Good people. Very good people, sweet couple," said Willis.

The bodies will be sent to the Medical Examiner's office to determine what happened.

Police said the preliminary investigation did not indicate any foul play, and there is no danger to the community. The investigation does not indicate any foul play, and their deaths appear to be accidental.

There is no gas leak threat to the neighborhood, nor any other threat relating to this investigation.

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