Cause of two deaths probed
The deputy coroner investigating the deaths of two Gallitzin men Saturday afternoon is awaiting test results from autopsies done Sunday to rule on a cause.
“I think we’ll find the cause in the toxicology results,” said Pete Long, in connection with the deaths of James F. Flaugh, 33, and Ryan J. Louttit, 22, whose bodies were found in Flaugh’s house on Forest Street.
The results will not be available for several weeks, Long predicted.
There was no outward sign of trauma and no indication of anything like carbon monoxide poisoning form a faulty furnace, he said.
But there were a multitude of prescribed medications in the house, according to Long.
Investigators will be trying to sort out which were prescribed to whom, he said.
No illegal drug paraphernalia was seized, he said.
The situation “may point” to accidental death, he said.
One victim’s body was found in the living room and one in the bathroom, Long said.
Flaugh’s father found the bodies when he couldn’t make contact with his son, Long said.
Louttit was a friend, he said.
“JR” Flaugh was a “great father” to his nine-year-old identical twin daughters, said their mother, Danyelle Thompson, who was with Flaugh for five years, ending nine years ago.
Flaugh took the kids to Slinky Action Zone, to the park and out for Chinese food, got them movies for his custody weekends and even for weekends they spent with her, Thompson said.
“Anything they wanted to do, he would do with them,” she said.
When she and Flaugh were together, they’d play touch football with friends at Muleshoe trailer court, she said.
“Me and him had our issues, but he was always there for the kids and always there for me,” she said.
He sometimes texted her in the mornings, saying “hope you have a good day,” she said.
He’d been off work for five years after a car crash that damaged his ankle, she said.
Before that, he’d worked as a security guard, she said.
He grew up in the Duncansville area and went to Hollidaysburg High School, she said.
She didn’t know Louttit well, but her kids said he was “a really good friend of their dad’s and nice to them,” Thompson said.
The kids understand what happened and are going “in spurts” – fine at times, “then it hits them,” Thompson said.
“They want their dad back,” she said.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.