Room 225 claims 3 lives; cause is found

A creepy, bizarre story hit the news a few days ago.

Boy dies in same motel room where two died in April.

North Carolina police are investigating why an 11-year-old South Carolina boy died and his mother was injured in the same motel room where two elderly guests were found dead almost two months ago.

Police in Boone said Sunday that Jeffrey Lee Williams of Rock Hill, S.C., is dead. His 49-year-old mother Jeannie Williams was injured. Police Sgt. Shane Robbins did not describe her injuries or condition.

Robbins says detectives are testing possible evidence related to the dead boy found Saturday as well as features of the room at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza. Robbins says investigators have determined there is no danger to the general public but did not elaborate.

Police say no evidence has surfaced linking the Williamses and the two victims found April 16.

The strange news sites suggested this may be a haunting of some sort. It was called the “Bates Motel”. But the cause of death has now been traced. CNN reports that toxicology tests concluded that “the deaths of Daryl Dean Jenkins, 73, and Shirley Mae Jenkins, 72, from Washington state, in Room 225 in April were both due to carbon monoxide poisoning.” The suspicion was on CO since Saturday when the police chief reported that there were elevated levels of the deadly gas when Williams and his mother were found. The source of the gas, is currently unknown.

  3 comments for “Room 225 claims 3 lives; cause is found

  1. Aaron
    June 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    I think I might be including a CO detector in my luggage for vacations now. For some reason, I’ve only thought about the danger being in my home. Scary stuff!

  2. Raoul Duke
    June 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Several states require CO detectors in hotel rooms, apparently not so in NC.

  3. Chris
    June 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

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