SOUTH CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) – Investigators are calling the deaths of an elderly brother and sister in Fayette County accidental after both were found dead in their home Tuesday afternoon.
According to emergency dispatchers, the bodies were found in a home in the 1900 block of Fourth Street in South Connellsville.
The Fayette County Coroner’s Office identifies the siblings as 87-year-old Henry Shirocky and 82-year-old Lucille Shirocky.
South Connellsville Police say they believe the brother and sister, in their late-70s or early 80s, may have been dead for at least 24 hours.
A Meals on Wheels delivery driver noticed the food he had dropped off on Monday was still outside their front door this afternoon. Police were called to check on their welfare and the bodies were found inside.
“At this point in time, it’s an ongoing investigation, a death investigation, but we have ruled out anything criminal,” said South Connellsville Police Chief Russell Miller.
Investigators think the sister may have fallen from her wheelchair and her brother tried to help her back into the chair.
But they say he may have lost his balance and fell, hitting his head on an object and landing on top of her.
“It will fall under the category of an accidental death,” said Chief Miller. “It appears that one fell and possibly the other one was entangled, and they have both expired.”
State Police were also called to investigate, but no foul play is suspected.
The siblings had lived in the home for 15 years. Authorities say it’s the first time they’ve ever been called to the residence.
The Fayette County Coroner’s Office will perform autopsies on the bodies on Wednesday.