Carbon monoxide seen as potential cause of 4 deaths in Ohio home


DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH/AP) – Authorities say carbon monoxide may have caused the deaths of four family members at a home in central Ohio.

Officials in Genoa Township say first responders went to a home shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call from a concerned relative and found elevated levels of carbon dioxide inside the residence.

After making entry into the home, police found four family members and three dogs dead inside.  

The deceased have been identified as:  

  • Richard Gabriel Reitter III, 50 years old 
  • Jennifer Reitter, 49 years old 
  • Richard Gabriel Reitter IIII, 15 years old 
  • Grace Reitter, 13 years old 

Genoa Township is about 20 miles north of downtown Columbus in Delaware County.

Police say carbon monoxide is the suspected cause of death, but an official determination has not been released by the coroner.  

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