Autopsy Reports Shed No Light On Local Couple's Deaths

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BELTON (July 11, 2013)—Preliminary autopsy reports won’t be much help to investigators who still are baffled about the cause of the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found earlier this week inside a house in Belton.

A relative found the man and woman dead Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Kristin Gordon)

Bell County Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield said Thursday he has received preliminary autopsy reports on Denver J. Sneed, 37, and Dawn Sharriee Loicero, 33, but said they shed no light on the deaths.

He said the reports only say that a finding on the cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests, which could take as much as six weeks.

He did say Thursday investigators found a significant quantity of drugs inside the home along with drug paraphernalia.

Sneed and Loicero were found dead at around 2 p.m. Tuesday inside the home in the 800 block of East 9th Avenue, Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis said.

Ellis said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the bodies and no weapons were recovered.

Investigators didn't find any evidence of forced entry, he said.

He said the deaths are being investigated as homicides, which he said is routine in such cases.

Investigators spent about four hours collecting evidence at the scene Tuesday, Ellis said.

Duffield said Thursday his records and those of the police department do not agree on the woman's last name.

Police identified the woman earlier in the week as Dawn Sharriee Loicero based on a California state identification card, but Duffield identified her Thursday as Dawn Sharriee Lyman based upon Social Security card.

Duffield also said investigators have not been able to find a Texas driver's license for her.