Police awaiting lab tests on tragedy

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TIGNISH, P.E.I. - The deaths of a mother and son found in a burning Jeep in western P.E.I. last month are still under investigation.  

The RCMP and the coroner’s office are waiting for toxicology results to come back from Nova Scotia in order to determine the exact cause of the deaths of 38-year-old Trish Hennessey and her four-year-old son Nash Campbell.

Although it has been over a month since their bodies were found, RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar says there have been no delays in the case.

“It usually takes about six weeks to get toxicology results when an autopsy is done,” Blackadar said.

On June 21 at 1 a.m., a passerby noticed a Jeep Wrangler burning along a quiet dirt road in St. Felix, near Tignish.

Hennessey and her young son Nash were found dead in the back seat of the vehicle after Tignish firefighters doused the flames.

No other details have been released to date.

The Guardian reported last month that Hennessey had lost custody of Nash in family court just hours before they were both found dead, according to a close friend of Hennessey.

The Guardian has attempted to access court files from these proceedings but was told only those individuals directly involved and their attorneys can access family court files.

A criminal investigation into the case is ongoing in addition to investigations being conducted by the fire marshall’s office to determine the cause and origin of the fire and the coroner’s office to determine cause of death.

Blackadar said upwards of 30 people have been interviewed in relation to the case.

No one has been taken into custody and police have not identified any persons of interest. Blackadar said nothing in the investigation to date leads police to believe the public is or was in any danger.

“Unless the cause of death is apparent, we have to determine any other factors that may have contributed to the deaths,” Blackadar said.

Dr. Charles Trainor, chief coroner for the province, said he is awaiting tests from the chief medical officer in Nova Scotia. Only after those results are in could a decision be made on whether an inquest should be called.

“It’s an ongoing file,” he said.

“We’re waiting for the autopsy reports to get back to us. Then, on the basis of what the autopsy reports are, the decisions about further investigations etcetera will be made.”

Trainor added these test results can sometimes take as long as three months to complete.

twright@theguardian.pe.ca

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