LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – People in a quiet Southern Jefferson County neighborhood want to know how and why a husband and wife were found dead in their home on the 6600 block of Musket Drive.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified the couple as Jeffrey Epley, 52, and Kathy Epley, 52.
“It is very scary,” Celina Kasey, who lives down the street from the Epley’s, said. “Nothing like this ever happens around here. I hope they [investigators] find out what happened.”
Neighbors knew something was wrong when the Epley’s left their outside light on for several days, their grass was overgrowing and the newspapers were piling up outside.
“The television was on 24 hours a day, the back door was open, the fan was on but we did not see them and that is unusual,” Micki Duenas said.
Duenas had not seen the couple for a week. On Sunday, she walked across the street to check on her neighbors.
“I smelled something pretty foul,” Duenas said. “I thought it was some sour garbage. It was enough when I heard the dogs. [I thought] something might have happened to them. So, we just decided to call the police on a welfare check.”
Police found the couple dead inside their home. Neighbors say the two did have domestic problems and would usually keep to themselves, but they were always friendly to other people.
This death investigation has sparked fear in some of the neighbors.
“This morning when my [my son] went to school he said, ‘Mommy I feel safe now that I am going to school because I do not feel safe over here now,'” Kasey said.
Officials are saying that the couple did not have lethal injuries and the case is not being treated as a homicide investigation. The coroner’s office is waiting for the toxicology report to determine the cause of death.