Deaths of elderly mother and adult son believed to be murder-suicide

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 02, 2016, 5:37 PM EDT

Authorities in Sarasota now believe a death investigation that began Monday could be a murder-suicide.

  • Detectives announced that both Gertrudis Cintron, 78 and Angel Alicea-Estrada, 58, are deceased
  • Investigators believe 'drain opener chemicals' caused the deaths
  • Case believed to be murder-suicide  

Just before noon on Monday, the Sarasota County Fire Department was called to the 2300 block of Margaret Street after a family member had reportedly found an elderly mother and her adult son unconscious.

After entering the home, first responders found Gertrudis Cintron, 78 and Angel Alicea-Estrada, 58. Both are now deceased.

On Tuesday, authorities announced that detectives believe exposure to the drain opener chemicals caused the two deaths.

They stressed that the community is not in any danger from the substance. The investigation remains active and ongoing.