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POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 9:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:32pm

Police have identified both people found dead inside a Tyler home.

They are 50 year old Cynthia Pettigrew and 49-year-old Johnathan Lydia.

Police tell KETK, the two appeared to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police say, they had been using a gas-powered generator inside the home.

Their bodies have been sent for autopsy.

Make sure to stay with KETK News for any updates on this story.


On December 18, 2012, at about 3:03 PM, the Tyler Police Department was called to 1206 N. Albertson in response to two deceased bodies. 

The bodies had been located by a family member who had not heard from them for a few days.  Tyler Police Officers, Detectives, and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene. 

While processing the scene, it was discovered that the residents had been operating a gasoline powered generator inside of the home.  It is believed that the two occupants succumbed to carbon-monoxide poisoning caused by the generator.  Autopsies will be completed to help determine the cause of their death. 
The deceased have been identified as Cynthia Pettigrew, DOB 8-7-62, and Johnathan Lydia, DOB 12-18-63. 


The Tyler Police Department would like to remind everyone about the dangers of Carbon Monoxide.  Carbon Monoxide gas is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas.  It is also poisonous and can lead to death.   Devices that emit Carbon Monoxide should not be used in homes.  It is also recommended that all homes have Carbon Monoxide detectors installed.

Information from Tyler Police


Officers were called to north Tyler Tuesday afternoon to reports of two bodies found at a house on North Albertson Dr.

Authorities have identfied the female victim as 50-year-old Cynthia Pettigrew. The identity of the man has not yet been revealed. Officials could only say he is a black male. 

Family members claim they found the man and Pettigrew lying together unconscious. They checked on her after no contact for about three days.

Law enforcement was first alerted to the incident at 3 p.m.

A cause of death has not been determined, but police do expect foul play.

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