Rock County, WI – On April 24, 2010 at 2:13PM, deputies from the Rock County Sheriffs Office, officers from the City of Milton Police Department, along with emergency personnel from Milton Fire/EMS and Edgerton Fire responded to 10645 N. Bay Shore Lane for a report of two people unresponsive inside a residence. Later, the Rock County Coroner Office also responded to the scene.
Family members found two subjects inside the condominium unconscious and called 911. Family members reported smelling a strong odor of exhaust fumes.
This incident occurred in the Town of Milton, approximately 2.0 miles east of the City of Edgerton, in the County of Rock. Units began to arrive on scene at 2:19PM and remained until 7:15PM at which time the scene was released.
Emergency personnel evaluated both victims and found no signs of life.
Emergency personnel discovered a high level of carbon monoxide gas inside the condominium. All residences in the condominium complex were evacuated and all occupants were accounted for. Seven residents of the complex were treated for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning by Milton EMS. None of these victims were transported to the hospital.
Preliminary investigation indicates the occupants returned home sometime during the evening hours of April 23, 2010. One of the two victims parked the motor vehicle in the garage. The garage door was shut with the car engine left running. The victims then proceeded to the living quarters and eventually went to bed. Upon arrival of police and emergency personnel on April 24, 2010 at 2:19PM the vehicle was found in the garage not running. The keys were in the ignition with the ignition in the on position. The battery appeared to be dead. The female victim was discovered on the third level in the bathroom and the male victim was also found on the third level in bed in a bedroom. This condominium is a multi level building with several units. The garages are on the lower level of each unit.
Fire Department personnel vented the residence and Alliant Energy responded to ensure there was no natural gas leak. The complex was determined to be safe by Milton Fire and Alliant Energy personnel. Residents were allowed to return to their homes safely at 3:00PM.
Deceased is 68-year-old James P. Folk and 66-year-old Joan R. Leith. Both victims lived at 10645 N. Bay Shore Lane. Cause of death is still under investigation but it is believed their deaths do not appear to be the result of foul play at this time. Any further information will be released when it becomes available and all reports are completed.