Bradenton police ID elderly siblings found dead in their home

vmannix@bradenton.comJanuary 6, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Leonard Lanager, 89, and Rachael Mattern, 80, were identified by the Bradenton Police Department as the deceased siblings whose bodies were discovered last Sunday at their 3500 block home of 32nd Avenue West.

According to police, Lanager had been dead a week, followed by Mattern days later.

"It's unusual to see two siblings deceased at the same location, but we don't see any signs of foul play," said Deputy Chief Warren Merriman. "All indications are it was from natural causes."

A friend of the siblings called the police because she had not heard from them for about two weeks. When she went to check on them Sunday she smelled a foul odor coming from the house and saw flies around the windows.

Officers entered the house through an unlocked window and found the them both deceased.

"They had a phone but there's no record of emergency calls to the scene by either of the siblings," Merriman said.

Identification was made from their personal items in the home.

According to Merriman, there was no record whether the siblings have any family.

The Manatee County medical examiner's office will handle autopsies and Merriman said the report should be back in a couple of months.

Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter:@vinmannix

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