Police: Deaths of elderly Brewer couple unusual, but not suspicious

Posted Dec. 02, 2011, at 7:09 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Though unusual, the deaths of an elderly couple found together Thursday morning are not considered suspicious, a Brewer Police Department detective said Friday.

The bodies of Ernest Hardin, 83, and his 87-year-old wife, Jeanne Hardin, were found shortly before 9:30 a.m. by a neighbor who went to their home at Eagle Ridge Mobile Home Park to check on them after they did not show up for a planned activity, Detective Sgt. Jay Munson said.

“It was unusual,” Munson said, adding that Brewer police spent the entire day working to determine exactly what happened and why.

“We’re not sure just yet what happened, but it simply appears that one succumbed to natural causes while helping the other one,” he said.

An autopsy performed Friday in Augusta determined that Ernest Hardin died as the result of a heart attack, Mark Belserene, administrator of the state medical examiner’s office, said late Friday afternoon.

Results for Jeanne Hardin’s autopsy are still pending further studies, including toxicology tests, Belserene said.

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