Wichita police identify 2 who died of carbon monoxide poisoning

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Wichita police have identified two people who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a home on the city's south side.

Police say 44-year-old Richard Reese and 41-year-old Dionne Jackson were pronounced dead after emergency crews responded to a welfare check near Pawnee and Broadway on Thursday.

Officer Charley Davidson said the two were using a generator because they had no electricity. A woman who found the the victims was a friend of Reese, and he was visiting Jackson, who lived in the home.

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Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people from possible carbon monoxide poisoning in south Wichita.

Emergency crews responded at around 7:30 a.m. Thursday to a check welfare call at a home in the 300 block of East Kinkaid, which is north of Pawnee and Broadway. A dispatch supervisor said a woman called 911 screaming. 

Sgt. Scott Moon said officers arrived and found the two people in the home. They were pronounced dead at the scene. 

A neighbor, Gilbert Gomez, said he smelled what he thought was a strong gas odor in the home, adding that the victims were a male and a female.

"The police, they said, I think, that it was a generator that went out," he said.

Officer Charley Davidson said they were using a generator because they had no electricity. 

Police believe the two deaths were carbon monoxide related. Officer Davidson said the woman who found the couple was a friend of the man, and he was visiting the woman who lived in the home.

Additional information was not released. 

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