Foul odor leads to discovery of bodies in Florida home

Deputies, firefighters force way into DeBary home

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

DeBARY, Fla. - Two bodies were discovered Thursday inside a Volusia County home, according to authorities.

The bodies of a man and a woman were found around 1:35 p.m. after a neighbor alerted DeBary rescue units, who were in the neighborhood for an unrelated call, to a foul odor coming from the home on Jasmine Drive in DeBary.

Gary Bartlett told Local 6 he was checking on the residents at the request of their daughter, and he noticed the bad smell.

"She called me and said that she hadn't talk to her mom and dad in a week," Bartlett said. "They had been having problems with their air-conditioning."

Emergency crews say when they entered the home, the temperature inside was 92-degrees.

"There was an odor," Bartlett said. "I don't know if you've ever smelled death before, but once you smell that, you never forget it."

Because of decomposition, deputies were unable to determine who the victims were or how they died, but the Sheriff's Office later told Local 6 no foul play was suspected.

Deputies said they believe they know the identities of the victims, but are waiting for autopsy results.

Bartlett said he's known the family that lives in the house since high school, and he remembers the man who lives there as a great guy.

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