GENOA TOWNSHIP, OH (WCMH) — Genoa Township officials say there were no carbon monoxide detectors in the home where a family of four was found dead Thursday afternoon.
Investigators are still trying to positively identify the source of the CO in the home on Lewis Center Road.
Police identified the victims as:
- Richard Gabriel Reitter III, 50 years old
- Jennifer Reitter, 49 years old
- Richard Gabriel Reitter IIII, 15 years old
- Grace Reitter, 13 years old
At a Friday news conference, Genoa Township Police Chief Steve Gammill said the community has suffered a terrible tragedy.
“I know everyone in our township grieves with the family and friends and we send our thoughts and prayers to them,” Gammill said.
First responders went to the home after a relative called 911 and asked for a well-being check at the home. The caller said they hadn’t been able to contact the family for several days.
When officers arrived at the home they spotted an unresponsive person inside the home.
After making entry into the home, police found four family members and three dogs dead inside.
Deputy Fire Chief Joe Ponzi says carbon monoxide levels in the home were in excess of 1,200 parts per million when authorities entered the home.
Ponzi said they will not enter a home with carbon monoxide levels in excess of 30 parts per million without protective gear.
Ponzi said without a carbon monoxide detector in the home, you won’t know that it’s there.
“You’re never gonna smell it, you’re never gonna taste it, won’t know,” Ponzi said. “I think the evidence shows this might be the case for this family.”
Olentangy Local Schools issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of the Reitter family. Our district community is very close and this tragedy is undoubtedly felt by all. Additional counselors and support staff are at the schools that Gabe and Grace attended, and in the coming days, we will continue to provide assistance to those who are impacted by this tragedy. The Reitter family is in our thoughts and hearts.”