The deceased have been identified by the Gatlinburg police as Jon Levin, 63 of Oak Ridge, and Myra Smith-Findell, 62, of Corbin, Kentucky. The rental cabin where the bodies were discovered is owned Gatlinburg Falls Resort, according to WBIR. An autopsy will be performed to determine how the pair died.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee police discovered two bodies in a rental cabin hot tub on Sunday morning and are currently investigating what led to the pair’s deaths.
According to several local reports, the bodies were those of a male and female, both believed to be in their 60’s. WBIR reports that the bodies were discovered at around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning in a hot tub located in a local rental cabin.
In one week, the Ruby Tuesday’s burned to the ground, a sightseeing helicopter crashed killing all five on board,… https://t.co/R6H51abXug
— Michelle Eck (@mich_eck) April 10, 2016
While the cause of death is still under investigation, the police do not currently suspect any foul play. The identities of the deceased are not being released at this time. The authorities are waiting until their family members have been notified to formally identify them. CBS affiliated Local8 said an official release will be available on Monday, April 11.
The couple’s deaths is the second tragedy to take place in Gatlinburg in less than a week. As The Inquisitr previously reported, a helicopter crash claimed the lives of the pilot and four tourists on Tuesday, April 5, leaving the community devastated.
The helicopter reportedly went down in flames, killing all aboard. Thankfully, there were no causalities reported on the ground.
— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) April 5, 2016
“There was not much left of the helicopter,” Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin said as he described the grizzly scene. “There’s just a small piece of the tailwing and that’s about what’s left of the helicopter.”
The latest tragedies have tourists and locals concerned for their safety. Many of them took to social media to react to the hot tub deaths and crash.
“Right here in our very own backyard, it happens all the time,” one Facebook user wrote. “We pray for this couple and their families during this time. Hot tubs can be very dangerous if not enjoyed properly. Not saying this is what happened to this couple. If you own a spa or are on vacation where a spa is useable, please know the use and safety regulations.”
— Paul Pritty (@gatlinburgfan) April 5, 2016
“First the helicopter crash….now this. I think I’ll stay away from Gatlinburg for awhile,” another wrote.
Other social media users questioned why no foul play was suspected in the pair’s deaths.
“No foul play suspected?” the Facebook user wrote. “Two separate people die in the same hot tub, at the same time, on the same day, in the same place and you think that is what? Natural causes?”
More information regarding the Gatlinburg hot tub deaths will be shared as it becomes available. Check back for updates to this story.
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