3 Found Unconscious Due To Carbon Monoxide, 2 Die

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MANHATTAN, Kansas - The Riley County Police Department says two deaths in Manhattan Sunday evening appear to be the result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Authorities say a call was made to police at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, that there were unconscious people at 3011 Brookville Drive, Manhattan, Kan.

Riley County Police Officers, Riley County Emergency Medical Services, and the Manhattan Fire Department responded. Upon arrival, they found three people in the home that appeared to have been overcome by carbon monoxide gas.

Police say Maria April Hightower, 22, was taken to Mercy Regional Health Center and then transported to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kan.

Jamie Lee Elliott, 25, was transported to Mercy Regional Health Center and was later pronounced dead. Lashawn Michael Veal, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say investigations indicate the cause of deaths were carbon monoxide poisoning due to a vehicle left running in a garage in the duplex.