Police: Two found dead in Claremont home

By JOHN LIPPMAN

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 12-08-2023 4:32 AM

CLAREMONT — Two adult individuals were found deceased inside their Claremont home this week but police termed the deaths not suspicious and said there is no threat to the public.

Emergency personnel, including the state fire marshal’s office, responded to a call for a welfare check at a home on Stewart Avenue on Wednesday. Upon arrival, they found two people deceased inside the residence, according to Claremont police.

Police did not release the identity of the deceased individuals and said an investigation into the cause and manner of death is ongoing.

The home where the bodies were found is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Case Hill Road in a cul-de-sac of pre-fabricated homes on the city’s southeast side.

Bill King, who lives across the street from the home where the deceased couple was found, told a reporter on Thursday that he called 911 after he saw through the home’s window what appeared to be the bodies of two people on the floor.

King said he suspected that something might be “not right” at his neighbors’ place because he usually sees smoke from a wood stove coming out of the home’s chimney when he goes outside to walk his dog.

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But King said for “several days” he had not seen any smoke come out of the chimney and noticed that the couple’s car also had not moved from the spot where it was parked.

That made him curious, so he went to check why there appeared to be no activity at his neighbor’s, he said.

“I knocked on the door and when I got no answer I went around to look in the window,” King said.

That’s when he saw what appeared be two bodies and called 911.

“I was the one who called in the welfare check,” King said. “Somebody’s got to do it. It’s sad.”

The Valley News is not identifying the names of the home’s occupants pending official confirmation.

Contact John Lippman at jlippman@vnews.com.