BAXTER - Police are still waiting for a determination on the cause of death of a man and a woman whose bodies were found Sunday in a vehicle at a residence in Baxter.
The victims were identified by Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted on Tuesday as Scott Douglas Goninan, 48, Baxter, and Tina Marie Huro, 39, Brainerd.
Their bodies were found about 10 a.m. Sunday by Goninan's brother, who lives at the Maplewood Drive residence with their grandmother. Goninan and Huro were found in a vehicle in an unattached garage at the residence.
Exsted said the deaths appear accidental but he is waiting for preliminary autopsy results from the Ramsey County medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.
"There's a lot of question marks there," Exsted said Monday afternoon. "Again, at this point in time, we don't suspect foul play."
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Brainerd Police Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department assisted in the death investigation.
The vehicle in which Goninan and Huro were found was taken to the Brainerd Police Department for processing. On Monday the police department, at 225 East River Road, had to be evacuated after a "noxious, foul odor" emitted from the passenger side of the vehicle, Brainerd Police Sgt. Mike Bestul said.
The car was taken out of the police department's garage and Brainerd firefighters were called but were unable to determine what the odor was or the source, Bestul said.
"About all we know is we didn't want it in our building," Bestul said. The car was secured in an outdoor facility.
Exsted said it wasn't known if the fumes from the vehicle played a role in Goninan's and Huro's deaths. He said Baxter investigators were waiting to proceed until the cause of death is known.
"Right now we can't speculate," Exsted said.
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