Three people, spending several days at a Wadesville home, were
found dead Monday, the apparent victims of asphyxiation or carbon monoxide from
a gas heater.
The victims were David Blake and his wife, Susan, both 23, and a
daughter of the couple, Natalie, 2. They were all in a bedroom at the
home of Mildred Blake an aunt of David. Miss Blake had been hospitalized
in recent weeks and (was) not at the
The three victims were found by Blake's father, Charlie, general
manager at radio station WIKY in Evansville. David had been working for the
radio station and when he failed to report to work, his father went to the
Wadesville home to investigate. He had to break into a locked rear door
when he arrived Monday afternoon.
Posey County Coroner Dr. David Julian said the heater was found
still burning. State Police, Posey County Sheriff personnel and emergency
medical technicians from Poseyville responded to the
The last contact anyone recalled with the three members of the
family was late Saturday.(Date of death given as 17 Jan 1982)
Autopsy results released Tuesday indicated the deaths were the
cause of lack of oxygen in the bedroom as well as a clogged chimney.
Death was reported as late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Funeral services for the family were today at the Werry
Funeral Home.Chapel in New Harmony with burial in Mt.PleasantCemetery,
David Blake is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blake
of Evansville; a sister, Terry, Evansville, Three brothers, Drew and Scott of
Evansville and Steve of Dallas, Texas.
Sue Blake is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herb Heydorn of LeGrange, Ill; two brothers and a sister of LeGrange, Ill., Alan, Kent and Heidi, and two grandmothers, Natalie
Kristin, the couple's daughter was two.