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Rye Brook Deaths Were 'Accidental,' Say Police

Rye Brook police said a parked car was found out of gasoline in the attached garage at 9 Maywood Ave., leading them to suspect it had been left running. The deaths of two residents inside the home were ruled "accidental" by police late Monday.
Rye Brook police said a parked car was found out of gasoline in the attached garage at 9 Maywood Ave., leading them to suspect it had been left running. The deaths of two residents inside the home were ruled "accidental" by police late Monday. Photo Credit: Google Maps

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- Police concluded late Monday that the deaths of two Rye Brook residents from carbon monoxide poisoning were both accidental.

Rye Brook Police Department said it was notified about 12:10 p.m. on Monday afternoon of "a person in distress" on Maywood Avenue.

Upon arrival, police found two males, Carl Persson, 85, and Joseph Pendrak, 52, both of 9 Maywood Ave., dead in the home. Earlier Daily Voice coverage can be found here.

Both Persson and Pendrak were in found in their beds in their separate bedrooms, police said. Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected to be the cause of death, according to the press statement.

Upon investigation, a vehicle that was out of gas was found in an attached garage with the key in the ignition in the on position, police said. This vehicle is believed to be the source of the carbon monoxide.

Family members had become concerned when they were unable to reach both Persson and Pendrak and went to the home and discovered the bodies, police said. Both Carl Persson and Joseph Pendrak are believed to be related.

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety Crime Scene Unit assisted at the scene.

The Rye Brook Police Detective Bureau is continuing its investigation.

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