Carbon monoxide poisoning eyed in death of woman on boat

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman was found dead in a boat and a man, who is a police officer, is seriously ill in what authorities suspect is carbon monoxide poisoning.

Friends of Blair M. Dodge, 34, went looking for her on Monday when she did not come into work, and found her and William R. LaShomb unresponsive in a boat tied up on the Erie Canal in Sylvan Beach, New York, state police said.

The fire department responded and pronounced Dodge dead. They found LaShomb, a 36-year-old police officer in Syracuse, unconscious and took him to be treated, police said. He was then airlifted to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and is in critical condition.

The Onondaga county medical examiner is scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine Dodge's cause of death.

State police said they are investigating if the boat's motor or a portable heater released carbon monoxide, poisoning LaShomb and Dodge as they slept overnight.