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GLENAIRE — Clay County Sheriff’s Office has determined the death of three relatives found dead in a Glenaire home this summer was not the result of foul play.

Deputies first responded to the scene to conduct a welfare check about 1 p.m. July 21 at the residence in the 400 block of Wherritt Lane, after a neighbor reported not seeing one of the residents for some time. Deputies located 66-year-old Roger Wilfong, his 67-year-old sister Mary Wilfong and their 99-year-old mother Virginia King deceased inside. They also found a deceased dog.

“The house was secure and deputies had to force entry. All three deceased family members were located seated in the living room and appeared to have been there for some time,” states a sheriff’s office press release.

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation determined Roger was the caretaker for his mother and sister.

“They both had extensive health issues and could not move about the home without his assistance. An autopsy determined Roger Wilfong died from choking on food, most likely on June 21,” states the release. “Autopsy results stated Mary Wilfong and Virginia King died from undetermined causes, but there was no evidence of foul play or drugs or alcohol.”

The investigation revealed that without Roger’s care, Mary and King were unable to access the food, water, medication and sanitation they needed, which may have contributed to their deaths the following month.

“Investigators also determined the air conditioning may not have been working. The temperatures in the month between when Roger Wilfong died on June 21 and when the bodies were discovered on July 21 were well into the 90s on multiple occasions, which also could have contributed to the deaths of Mary Wilfong and Virginia King,” states the sheriff’s office release.

A veterinarian who conducted a necropsy on the dog stated the animal was too decomposed to determine the cause of death. Investigators found food in the home for the dog, but no water. The dog was located deceased next to a bathroom toilet.

More on this developing story will be released as details become available.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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