Death Investigation of Two Women in Exeter Does Not Appear to be the Result of Foul Play

Exeter – Members of the State Police Major Crimes Unit, State Police Forensic Services Unit and the Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s Office have completed a thorough investigation into the deaths of Wilma Reynolds, age 85 and her daughter, identified as Carol D. Lydick, age 64. At this time it appears their deaths are not suspicious or criminal. The investigation revealed both subjects were suffering from several health problems when they died. No further information regarding either subject’s health history will be provided by the Rhode Island State Police. The Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s Office have conducted autopsies and can provide further information regarding the cause and manner of death upon completion of their investigation. Although their deaths appear to be sudden and not suspicious at this time, the investigation will remain open until all forensic tests results are received from the Medical Examiner’s Office. The investigation revealed no indication of foul play or injuries that would have resulted in their deaths. The air quality within the residence was tested and found to be safe and not a contributing factor. On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at approximately 12:15 PM, Troopers from the Hope Valley Barracks responded to the residence of 269A Skunk Hill Road in Exeter after receiving a call regarding two unresponsive females in the residence. The caller was identified as the son of Wilma Reynolds and half-brother of Carol D. Lydick. The investigation revealed Wilma Reynolds and Carol D. Lydick lived together in the residence.

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