Police ID bodies of mother, son

Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:50am

Police have identified a mother and son found dead in a home on Kipling Drive late Thursday morning. They do not suspect foul play in their deaths.

Metro police officers found the bodies of 79-year-old Catherine Sells and her 60-year-old son, Bobby Sells, in the home after concerned neighbors, who hadn't seen the two in a while, called an out-of-state family member, who then called Metro police. 

Officers found the two bodies around 11 a.m. Thursday, after responding to the home on a welfare check and forcing their way in. According to police, the bodies appeared to have been in the home, which had no air conditioning, for at least a few days. Investigators found no weapon or signs of forced entry, and believe no other party was involved in the deaths.

Police believe heat played a role in the deaths, and the two may have been dead for as long as two weeks prior to being found.

An autopsy Friday determined both mother and son suffered from heart issues, police said. Toxicology results, not expected for another two weeks, will help officially determine the causes of death.

Staff from the Tennessee Adult Protective Services Department made visits to the home as late as last month, according to Metro police.