Sheriff's Office

Posted on: January 2, 2018

Update on Investigation of Family Death in Parks, AZ

Parks, AZ – Today investigators from the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office employed the assistance of a professional, licensed heating/cooling service provider to investigate the heating system of the cabin in which four people were found deceased yesterday.  The contractor found a significant failure in the heating system which would be consistent with carbon monoxide overcoming the residence.  The heating unit was the only gas appliance in the home.  This provides additional evidence regarding a possible carbon monoxide related event.  The manner and cause of death is still to be determined by the Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

The Sheriff’s Office would like to recommend that people install not only smoke detectors, but also carbon monoxide detectors in your home.  These need to be tested and inspected at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals.  The heating/cooling industry generally recommends that heaters are inspected yearly.  If you have questions regarding your heating/cooling system, you are urged to contact a certified heating/cooling expert to check your system. If you use wood stoves, be sure these also are annually serviced and cleaned.

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