The dead bodies of an Ohio pilot and his wife were found lying in their bedroom by their four young children after they wondered why they hadn’t been woken up for school—and police think the couple may have died of a drug overdose, People magazine confirmed.
Investigators found drug paraphernalia near the dead couple, and a coroner said the preliminary cause of death for both parents is consistent with an overdose of a heroin and fentanyl mixture, local NBC affiliate WLWT reported.
The coroner added that 165 people have died of overdoses in the the couple’s county alone since January, WLWT said.
Brian Halye, 36, was a pilot for Spirit Airlines. Together Hayle and his wife, Courtney Halye, 34, were the parents of four young children from their previous relationships, three girls and a boy aged 9, 10, 11, and 13.
The boy, 13, called 911 as his sisters cried in the background.
“I just woke up and my two parents are on the floor,” the boy said, WLWT reported. “My sister said they're not waking up. They’re not breathing."
The children are now reportedly staying with relatives.
Courtney Halye’s mother had called police last year claiming that her daughter was suicidal and on drugs, The Dayton Daily News reported.
Also around that time, Courtney reportedly locked her husband out of the house; when he pushed his way inside, he saw her holding two unloaded guns, the Daily News said. She was hospitalized after that incident.
Spirit Airlines said in a statement that it randomly drug tests all its employees. Brian Halye last flew a plane for them on March 10.