Sheriff: Caretaker’s mother and sister die after he chokes to death on food

KMBC 9 News Staff

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Missouri said Tuesday that three people found dead in a home in July died from natural causes.

The sheriff’s office said deputies were called to the home by a neighbor who reported not seeing one of the residents for a long time.

Deputies found Roger Wilfong, 66; his sister, Mary Wilfong, 67; and their 99-year-old mother, Virginia King, dead inside. They also found a dead dog.

Investigators said the house was secure and deputies had to force entry.

The sheriff’s office said all three family members were found seated in the living room and appeared to have been there for some time.

Investigators determined that Roger Wilfong was the caretaker for his mother and sister. They both had extensive health issues and could not move about the home without his assistance. An autopsy determined Roger Wilfong died from choking on food, most likely on June 21. Autopsy results showed Mary Wilfong and Virginia King died from undetermined causes. There was no evidence of foul play or drugs or alcohol, according to autopsy results.

Authorities said the investigation revealed that “without Roger Wilfong’s care, Mary Wilfong and Virginia King were unable to access the food, water, medication and sanitation they needed, which could have contributed to their deaths. Investigators also determined the air-conditioning may not have been working. The temperatures in the month between when Roger Wilfong died on June 21 and when the bodies were discovered on July 21 were well into the 90s on multiple occasions, which also could have contributed to the deaths of Mary Wilfong and Virginia King.”

The veterinarian who conducted a necropsy on the dog found the animal was too decomposed to determine the cause of death. Investigators found food in the home for the dog but no water. The dog was found dead next to a bathroom toilet.

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