by: Eric Philips Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A northwest Charlotte home remained covered in crime tape Friday night as investigators worked to figure out what killed a young married couple there.
A family member called 911 after discovering the bodies inside the home on Mount Holly-Huntersville Road Friday morning.
When fire officials arrived, they tested the air inside the home for carbon monoxide. Those tests came back negative.
Fire officials confirmed that there were two reports of gas leaks last night and both of those reports were less than a half mile from where the couple died Friday morning.
The gas leaked all night long and crews didn’t find the leak until the morning.
By that time neighbors said some in the area had gotten sick.
Fire officials said they don’t believe the gas leaks and the deaths are linked because when they did air-quality testing within the home and the tests came back negative.
Neighbors are not convinced as investigators continue to search for a cause of death.
Loved ones hugged and consoled one another outside the home.
A family member said the woman's stepfather made the discovery.
“It does touch you because you know the people and you're concerned,” neighbor Vernon McCord said.
Investigators are trying to figure out how the couple died. Police are not calling this a criminal investigation.
“It is not suspected that it is any foul play at this time,” said Lt. Steve Huber with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Neighbors want to know what happened. They say this much activity in their neighborhood is alarming.
"This is the first time I've heard of it and I've been living here for about 50 years,” McCord said.
“I’m sorry something like that happened in this area,” said neighbor Boyce Nixon.
A family member said the couple has a young daughter, but she was at school when the incident happened. Police have not yet released the victims' names.