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Deaths of mother and son in Highlands both ruled natural

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An ambulance was parked in front of the home in the Highlands where Beliles and Burchel were found dead. An ambulance was parked in front of the home in the Highlands where Beliles and Burchel were found dead.
The mother and son lived and died in this house in the Highlands. The mother and son lived and died in this house in the Highlands.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In an unusual twist, a mother and son found dead inside their Highlands home on Monday both died of natural causes, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Eddie Robinson.

The bodies of Joseph Beliles, 43, and his mother Beatrice Burchel, 69, were discovered by police who responded to the home in the1000 block of Baxter Avenue on a welfare check. 

Robinson said autopsies showed both victims had been dead for several days and that Beliles had been dead longer than his mother.

Beliles had a significant history of medical problems. Robinson said Burchel had medical issues that she might not have known about.

There had been speculation that Beliles and Burchel might have died of carbon monoxide poisoning, but Robinson said that was not the case. He said cats inside the home were alive when the bodies were found.

Funeral arrangements for Beliles and Burchel have not been set.

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