Police investigating deaths of 2 men at county home

Published 10:42 am Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Carter County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of two men found inside a county home on Wednesday.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, officers of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home at 179 Norman Joines Road in the Gap Creek community.

“Friends and neighbors had found two males who appeared to be dead inside the residence,” Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford.

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Investigators were able to identify the two men as David Ayers, age 50, and his father Floyd Ayers, age 71. The two men were found deceased in the same room of the house, according to Lunceford.

“It appears that they had been operating a gas generator for electricity for the house and succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning,” Lunceford said.

It is unknown at this time how long the two men had been deceased before their bodies were discovered on Wednesday.

“The last time anyone saw them was over the weekend,” Lunceford said.

The bodies of both men were sent to the Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy.

“There were no signs of foul play or forced entry,” Lunceford said. “The investigation is ongoing at this time.”