Patricia "Trish" Lynn Hennessey
More information needs to be gathered to determine whether to call an inquest into the murder-suicide of a mother and her young boy, says P.E.I.’s chief coroner.
“I can tell you that I don’t think this is the end of this (coroner) investigation because it’s a tragic event,’’ says Dr. Charles Trainor.
“Can we do anything to prevent tragic events like this occurring in the future? Our investigation is not finished and it is not complete.’’
Trainor says the investigating coroner, Dr. Cyril Moase, is awaiting receipt of the forensic autopsy conducted by the chief medical examiner in Nova Scotia to go along with the toxicology report already in his possession.
Trainor says Moase has yet to determine the cause or causes of death of a mother and son found in a burning Jeep in western P.E.I. on June 21.
The RCMP, though, announced Wednesday that they have determined the deaths was the result of a murder-suicide. Trish Hennessey and her four-year-old boy, Nash Campbell were found in the back seat of a vehicle on a quiet dirt road in St. Felix at 1 a.m.
Police report the two autopsies have determined both Hennessey and Nash died of smoke inhalation. But toxicology results also found both mother and son had ingested prescription drugs prior to their deaths.
RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar told reporters Wednesday police were not prepared to release the name of the drug found in the systems of the mother and her son but noted the same drug was found in both individuals and that it would have had a sedative, but not deadly, effect.
Trainor declined to comment on the toxicology report.