MECCA TWP., Ohio (WKBN) — Investigators have released the names of the two people found dead outside a home in Mecca Township Tuesday afternoon.
A woman going to check on her sister ended up finding her and her boyfriend dead outside.
Caller: “I just did a welfare check on my sister because nobody’s been able to get ahold of them and they’re both slumped over on the porch unresponsive.”
Dispatcher: “OK, what?”
Caller: “I’m sure they’re dead.”
Deputies from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office were sent to the home on state Route 88 around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after a relative discovered Amber Barry, 35, and Eddie Parthemer, 55, dead on the front porch.
Autopsies for both were scheduled for Wednesday.
“Evidence from the residence at this point is leading us to believe that this is a possible overdose,” said Maj. Tony Villanueva, Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.
Villanueva says at this point, investigators don’t believe there was any foul play involved in their deaths.
Villanueva also said the couple’s 3-year-old son was found alive inside. Investigators believe he was alone for about 24-48 hours.
The woman who called 911 told dispatchers the boy was shivering and only wearing a diaper.
“The residence was deplorable conditions and at the time of the call there was no heat inside the residence as well,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva says the child was checked out at a local hospital and is now safe with family.
“Luckily, a family member recognized that there was a problem. Didn’t hear from her family for a couple of days, went to check it out and because of that gut instinct, she was able to save that boy’s life,” Villanueva said.