Police: Deaths of mother, daughter in Exeter not suspicious

WPRI/Perry Russom

EXETER, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have wrapped up their investigation into the deaths of two women in Exeter and determined there was no foul play involved.

Wilma Reynolds, 85, and her daughter, Carol Lydick, 64, were both found dead Wednesday inside their home on Skunk Hill Road.

According to Rhode Island State Police, both women were suffering from several health problems when they died. Investigators said it did not appear their deaths were suspicious or criminal in any way and neither suffered any apparent injuries.

A man identified only as Reynolds’ son and Lydick’s stepbrother came home Wednesday to find the two women unresponsive and contacted police.

Police said Reynolds and Lydick were found in two separate rooms. Investigators tested the air quality inside the home, which was found to be safe and ruled out as a factor in the deaths.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office will be able to provide further information regarding the cause of the women’s deaths upon the completion of their investigation. Police said their investigation will remain open until those results are received.

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