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Gas from furnace killed Minnesota family of 7 last month

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Story at a glance

  • Seven members of an immigrant family from Honduras were found deceased on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in their Moorhead home.
  • High levels of carbon monoxide were detected in the deceased family’s bodies.
  • The Moorhead Police Department has determined that a furnace in the home was the source of the carbon monoxide.

Minnesota police have determined that gas from the furnace is responsible for the deaths of a family of seven last month. 

Seven members of an immigrant family from Honduras were found deceased on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in their Moorhead home by family members conducting a welfare check. 

The deceased family members were identified as Belin Hernandez, 37; Marleny Pinto, 34; Eldor Hernandez Castillo, 32; Mariela Guzman Pinto, 19; Breylin Hernandez, 16; Mike Hernandez, 7; and Marbely Hernandez, 5. 


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The Moorhead Police Department said during autopsy “high levels of carbon monoxide were detected in the victim’s bodies.” No presence of blood cyanide was detected, ruling out the possibility of a vehicle causing the carbon monoxide poisoning and indicating the poison gas came from the home’s furnace.   

The Moorhead Police Department stated this concludes its investigation. 


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