North Carolina police said that an 11-year-old boy was found dead in the same Boone motel where two elderly people died several months ago.
Police said they have launched an investigation into the incidents.
Jeffrey Lee Williams and his mother, Jeannie, were found unresponsive on the second floor of the Best Western hotel on East King Street on Saturday afternoon. The boy was pronounced dead later, and the mother survived, reported WCNC-TV.
Jeannie’s family said she woke from a coma on Sunday but has not yet learned of her son’s death.
The son was found dead in the same room where the elderly couple was found dead.
“It was actually the same room,” said Boone Police Sgt. Shane Robbins said. “But other than that, at this time, we don’t have any more links or correlation.”
However, he stressed that it is unclear if the two cases are linked.
“While no evidence has been discovered that these incidents are related, investigators continue to explore all possibilities,” Robbins said in a statement obtained by the Charlotte Observer..
Robbins added that no violence was involved in the boy’s death.
Over the weekend, workers in hazardous materials suits were called to remove belongings from the room. A hazardous materials team from another city was also deployed to look at the motel room.
“We appreciated the understanding that has been shown by the community at large during this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time,” Robbins said, reported the Charlotte Observer.