(Updated) Cause of Death for Cedar Drive Resident Still 'Undetermined'

Southington Police said Tuesday that Mildred and William Gillan were the individuals found in a Cedar Drive home last month, but William's cause of death is still undetermined.

An investigation last month determined that Mildred Gillan, an 86-year-old Cedar Drive home resident, died of natural causes, but there is still no word on what caused the death of her 60-year-old son.

Southington police on Tuesday confirmed previous reports that the two individuals found dead in a Cedar Drive home on Jan. 23 belonged to Mildred Gillan and her son, 60-year-old William Gillan Jr. Police have previously said that there was no evidence at the home that foul play was involved.

Authorities with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington had previously released the names of the individuals, but police were unable to obtain a positive ID because there were no living relatives, officers said.

That positive ID was done through the autopsies and completed by the medical examiner using dental records and other information, police said.

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The Southington Police Department first began investigating the case after the two were found dead inside their 27 Cedar Drive home on Jan. 23.

According to police reports, a delivery man had gone to the home and requested a welfare check when he found newspapers piling up outside the front door. Police gained access to the home with the help of the Southington Fire Department, officials said, and found the two dead inside.

Although the investigation initially included help from the State Police Major Crime Squad, officers later said there was no evidence of any foul play at the home.

Mildred Gillan died of natural causes, staff with the medical examiner said on Jan. 25, but the investigation continues and William Gillan's cause of death is "undetermined."

"There has not been an official ruling on the cause of William’s death, pending further forensic studies," Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said in a press release. "There are no further details at this time."

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