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Posted on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

Saline police: No signs of foul play in deaths of couple, dog

By Cindy Heflin

A couple found dead in Saline Friday morning appear to have died from medical or accidental causes, Saline Det. Don Lupi said Monday, but police are continuing their investigation.

John Gunther, 66, and Jeanette Gunther, 72, were found dead in their home in the 2200 block of Chestnut Crescent by a family friend who helped out with chores around the house, Lupi said.

The couple’s dog was also dead in the home, Lupi said, apparently from lack of care.

“There doesn’t appear to have been any foul play,” Lupi said. “We’re working with the medical examiner’s office and it will take a couple of months for the answers to come out.”

Lupi said the last time someone was known to have seen the couple was Dec. 8. He said they had no family in the area.

Lupi said police checked the home for carbon monoxide but did not find elevated levels.

Police chose not to release further details about the investigation but said it was important to inform the public about the deaths and the fact that they have found no signs of foul play.

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Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 12:40 a.m.

Many of our neighbors have serious potentially life threatening medical conditions. Keeping an eye on each other and knowing thy neighbor is so very important. I wish we didn't have to be so involved with demanding lives and stressors in order to afford material necessities for our families. If we could know and appreciate each other perhaps our world wouldn't appear so evil and insane. We still sport a decrepid and rusty "Neighborhood Watch" sign on our easement. It has been so long I don't even remember why and when it was created and subsequently abandoned.


Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 5:58 p.m.

Truly saddened to hear of this. From what little is said, they apparently died without anyone noticing (dog died from protracted lack of care/feeding). That implies to me that this couple were rather isolated from their own neighbors and did not have frequent contact with family or others. That in itself puzzles me - because I'm in that age range and with only about 2 days alone out of 7, I see "someone" I know who knows my name and can exchange greetings with me every day. I also work (a fairly active job) part time so my absence would be noted at work within 72 hours even if my neighbors didn't notice I hadn't been seen. I don't mean to joke but I'm sure the amount of junk mail I get would quickly become a small mountain. Yet no one noticed this couple's absence for days. Puzzling - two people die at the same time and no one notices. I can't help but wonder if their "departure" was intentional.


Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 2:20 p.m.

Wait what? Two people of differing ages, plus a dog, are all found dead in a house - and "there's nothing to indicate foul play," even after it's been noted that there were no elevated levels of carbon monoxide? Yet a girl is found dead at EMU and we have to mobilize the FBI while encouraging the terrified townsfolk to lock themselves in and barricade the windows?


Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 1:50 p.m.

Maybe not "foul play", but clearly something out of the ordinary. Two relatively young people don't die at the same time without some extenuating circumstances.

Jeffersonian Liberal

Tue, Dec 18, 2012 : 1:25 p.m.

Please check on your neighbors.


Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 10:44 p.m.

It is sad, thoughts go out to friends and family. If this is the Gunther family that lived over by Pattengill school in the 80's, thanks for lettting us local kids play in the old Drapid's field before the land was developed, and as it was being developed. My friends and I made some great memories back in there.

Linda Farris Kurtz

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 12:43 a.m.

It's not the same family.

John of Saline

Mon, Dec 17, 2012 : 10:35 p.m.

That's sad. From the sound of it, not carbon monoxide, if they think the dog didn't die at the same time.