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Daytona Beach couple found dead near vehicle with kids in backseat likely died of overdose

January 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Daytona Beach couple found dead near vehicle with kids in backseat likely died of overdose

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A couple, who were discovered dead outside of their SUV last weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida, had a history of drug use and are thought to have died of an overdose.

Mike Chitwood, the police chief in Daytona Beach, Florida said on Tuesday that they are still awaiting autopsy results to make a final determination on the causes of death of 30-year-old Daniel and 32-year-old Heather Kelsey.

The married couple of six years were discovered dead not far from their SUV on New Year’s Eve, which was found on the side of I-4 with the hazard lights on.

The two were pronounced dead after emergency crews arrived, and their three young boys were found alive and safe in the backseat of the car.

The couple were found dead by their car as three young sons sat unharmed inside

Currently, investigators are pretty sure that Daniel died of an overdose. However, Heather’s cause of death was less apparent, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal

“At first glance, investigators feel [Daniel’s death] was an overdose. There was some concern with the female that an autopsy will clear up,” Chitwood stated.

He added that there were no signs of foul play in the couple’s death, and no visible evidence of trauma.

Officers arrived on the scene at 2:08 am on the eastbound side of I-4 near DeLand.

The boys, who ranged in ages from eight months to four years old, were taken to Halifax Health Medical Center as a precaution.

A friend described Daniel Kelsey (pictured), 32, as a loving father.

Daniel’s friend Jerrell Jackson described the pain of coping with his death, which occurred on Jackson’s 32nd birthday.

He told the News Journal that the couple’s youngest child had just started walking and that the two were “doing great” in their new city.

He said in a Facebook post: “I can tell you Dan was a loving, devoted father (who) did anything for his kids. I loved Dan like a brother … every time you saw him, you saw his kids.”

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