(Updated: 3:38 p.m.) Authorities Identify Bodies Found in Cedar Drive Home

Officials with the state's Chief Medical Examiners Office have confirmed that Mildred Gillan and her son, William P. Gillan Jr., were the individuals found dead.

Updated: 3:38 p.m.
Staff with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington have confirmed that the two bodies found dead at a Cedar Drive home Wednesday afternoon are homeowner William P. Gillan Jr. and his mother, 86-year-old Mildred Gillan.

The two bodies were discovered after a delivery person discovered newspapers piling up outside the front door, police said.

Autopsies are pending and the exact cause of death for each has not been determined, officials said. Results of the autopsy could be available Friday, staff said, but may take longer if toxicology reports are required.

Updated: 12:49 p.m.

Officers are continuing to seek a positive identification for two dead bodies found inside a home on Cedar Drive Wednesday afternoon, Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Thursday morning.

Police are also waiting on scene until the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington is able to determine an official cause of death.

"The bodies of the deceased individuals were removed from the residence and transported to the medical examiner for further investigation," Dobratz said. "At this time we do not have a positive identification of the two deceased individuals and we are actively working to identify them."

"The Southington Police will remain on the scene pending further information from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner," he said.

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The bodies were discovered Wednesday afternoon around 3 p.m. when officers responded to 27 Cedar Drive for a requested welfare check. A delivery man had gone to the home and discovered papers stacking up in front of the house.

When officers arrived, they found evidence that someone may be inside but the doors and home was locked. After gaining entry, police said two dead bodies were discovered.

The Southington Police Department and State Police Major Crime Squad were each involved in an investigation overnight, but members of the Major Crime Squad have since left the scene. Southington police remain on site pending the medical examiner's investigation.

Neighbors confirmed Thursday that 86-year-old Mildred Gillan lived in the home with it's owner, her son and property owner William P. Gillan Jr.

William Gillan had recently retired from The Hartford and had been acting as the primary caregiver for his mother, who had been dealing with illness for some time.

Police have not confirmed that Gillan and his mother were the two discovered.

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