Father and young child found dead in Geneva apartment, no signs of trauma
GENEVA, N.Y. (WHEC) — A 59-year-old man and his two-year-old son were found dead inside a Geneva apartment on Tuesday.
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office says David Conde Sr. and his son David Conde Jr. were found dead by deputies Tuesday when they responded to a welfare check call at the Serenity Manor Apartments on Hamilton Street.
59 y/o David Conde Sr. and his 2 y/o son David Conde Jr. were found dead inside their Geneva apt on Tuesday. No signs of trauma. They hadn’t been seen in more than a week. Police say Dad had medical conditions, the heat wasn’t on, the unit had its own natural gas water heater. pic.twitter.com/11wor8kzZd— Jennifer Lewke (@WHEC_JLewke) February 17, 2022
Family members called the deputies after not hearing from them in over a week. David Conde Sr. had medical conditions, according to deputies.
The OCSO says the deaths do not appear to be suspicious and there were no signs of a struggle or any other violence in the apartment.
The bodies were taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies. Deputies say the medical examiner determined there was no trauma, so their cause of death is still under investigation.
Deputies say they have not ruled out the possibility that the two froze to death. The electric baseboard heat was turned off, and the apartment was being heated with space heaters, room by room, though they were not on at the time, investigators say. The two were "dressed for bed" and the man was found in bed, while the two-year-old was found by the bed.
The unit does have its own natural gas water heater, investigators say, so they are investigating whether or not carbon monoxide could have caused their deaths.
"That is certainly a possibility, that’s one of the options and of course, we’re looking at several weeks to months before we get those answers through the Medical Examiner’s Office with toxicology," said Lt. David Cirencione.
Deputies say the last time the two were seen alive, as far as investigators have determined so far, was Jan. 22. Deputies say the boy’s father had primary custody of the child, and it had been a while since his mother saw him.
Another heartbreaking possibility investigators are considering is that Conde Sr. died from a medical condition first, leaving the child without care.
Watch the full press conference on the case in the video in the player below: