Cause of father, son deaths yet to be determined

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 03, 2010, at 3:12 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The autopsies of a father and son from Saco found dead at a camp in Sangerville during what a neighbor called “a sort of bachelor party” have not yet revealed what killed them, state officials said Tuesday.

The cause of the deaths of Andrew Giroux, 49, and his son Dustin Giroux, 25, were listed as “pending further study,” a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner’s office said.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said in a statement Tuesday that although the medical examiner’s office has completed the autopsies, “the office plans to conduct additional studies before determining” how the Girouxs died.

“In addition, state police detectives will continue to investigate the deaths and are likely to conduct more interviews in order to assist the medical examiner’s office in reaching a conclusion,” McCausland added. “It is expected that the additional studies and further investigation are likely to take several weeks.”

Family members declined to comment when contacted by telephone on Tuesday.

The Girouxs were found dead Sunday within hours of each other at the camp, which they were sharing with four other men as part of a weekend outing, Maine State Police said. The camp is on Line Road.

The older Giroux was found by friends dead outside the camp at about 10 a.m. Sunday, and the younger man was found in his bed a short time later. The friends tried to wake Dustin Giroux, who didn’t stir and then started having trouble breathing. Rescue workers arrived at the camp and tried to resuscitate Dustin Giroux.

The medical examiner’s office will do additional laboratory tests in the coming weeks in an effort to pinpoint the causes of death, McCausland said. As those tests are being done, state police will continue to interview witnesses and gather information about Andrew and Dustin Giroux that might help solve the mystery.

McCausland said there is no reason to believe that anything criminal was involved.

McCausland has described the gathering as a “man’s weekend” based on police interviews with family members and the other men at the camp. Asked whether it was a bachelor party, he said it was possible, although he was not sure that witnesses had termed it as such.

Dustin Giroux was engaged to be married to a woman with whom the family had celebrated the impending nuptials at their home on Saturday before the trip to Sangerville, neighbors said.

McCausland said it was apparent to police that alcohol was consumed at the gathering. The other four men at the camp were friends of the dead men and all had cooperated with police.

One family member told a neighbor Monday that the family suspected that the two men, who had stopped to eat on the journey to their Sangerville camp from their home in Saco, might have died from food poisoning.

Andrew Giroux was remembered by friends this week as a natural storyteller. Both father and son were graduates of Thornton Academy in Saco, and both were known for their fun-loving personalities.

The neighbors described the Girouxs as well-respected, hardworking and involved in the community. Andrew Giroux was a retired schoolteacher, as is his wife, Nancy. They were known for being friendly and community-minded, neighbors said. They raised six sons. Andrew owned A&D Giroux Heating of Saco. Dustin was vice president, according to a Facebook page dedicated to the company.

As far as could be determined on Tuesday, no funeral arrangements have yet been made.

The Portland Press Herald contributed to this report.

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