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Woman, child found dead inside SUV on turnpike

Detectives don't believe deaths are suspicious

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – More mystery surrounds the deaths of a woman and a child, whose bodies were found inside a SUV on the Florida Turnpike Thursday.

At approximately 3:16 p.m., a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found a car on the turnpike near mile marker 224. The car hit a guardrail in the median.

Two people were found dead in the car, and deputies are working with the medical examiner to determine their cause of death.

The sheriff's office only confirms a woman and a child were found inside. Detectives are not releasing their names, relationship, ages, or where they are from until next of kin are notified.

"The deaths at this point are unexplained. That's part of the investigation," Twis Lizasuain, with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, said. "We're working with the medical examiner's office to determine cause of death."

Investigators also found an unknown substance inside the vehicle.

Two deputies and an FHP trooper were exposed to the substance. They were treated and sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They have been released.

Detectives are examining the vehicle to figure out what is the substance. They also hope autopsy reports will shed light on how the victims died.

The sheriff's office says they have heard several theories, but won't have any answers until they complete their investigation.

"At this time we have no reason to believe that the deaths are criminal in nature," Lizasuain said.

The medical examiner's office confirms the autopsies are complete, but can't release any information because of the active investigation.

The sheriff's office says it could take months before they get the toxicology reports back.
 


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