Police: Car Left Running In Eastern Missouri Garage Kills 3

UNION, Mo. (AP) — A car left running in an eastern Missouri garage overnight caused the deaths of three people inside two separate duplex units in Union, officials there said.

On Tuesday, officers who had been sent on a welfare check found Edward Huddleston, 74, and his dog dead in one unit, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Firefighters called by the officers to the duplex then found Verlyn Branson, 85, and his son, 58-year-old John Branson, dead in an adjoining unit, police said.

Union Police Capt. Richard Neace said a vehicle left running in Huddleston’s garage overnight released the carbon monoxide that killed all three. Neace says no foul play is suspected, and investigators think the car may have accidentally been left running.

Union is about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers) southwest of St. Louis.