PIKE COUNTY, MO (KTVIV) - A Pike County couple was found dead Friday morning, poisoned with carbon monoxide. Authorities say the husband and wife were trying to heat their camper with a portable propane heater that was not designed to be used indoors.
The victims were 49 year-old Howard Stout and his 48 year-old wife Theresa. Korte says they were discovered by Theresa’s brother around 10 Friday morning. The couple lived in a camper on a property with their extended family, on Pike 15, just northwest of Bowling Green.
In the state of Missouri, nearly 500 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning from 2001 to 2011. According to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte, the gas is so dangerous because it’s colorless and odorless, difficult to detect.
Since winter is just beginning, Korte wants the public to take precaution when heating their homes, and make sure to read all the warnings. “Any number of things can go wrong if you’re not using a normally approved heating device. It could prove very dangerous,” he says.
The coroner did not request an autopsy since there was enough evidence to prove the couple died of asphyxiation, with no sign of foul play. The investigation is now closed.