CO Poisoning Suspected In Boarding Home Deaths

Oct 31, 2013

Carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected in the deaths of two men at a Las Vegas-area boarding home.

State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the men who died last week were New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute patients released into the care of the Encinas Boarding Home.

The victims were identified as 61-year-old Alex Montoya and 56-year-old Cochise Bayhan.

The Las Vegas Optic reports that the carbon monoxide level in the home was measured at 183 parts per million.

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, sustained carbon monoxide concentrations above 150 to 200 parts per million can cause disorientation, unconsciousness and even death.

The state Office of the Medical Investigator will determine cause of death.

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