Names released of couple found dead in mobile home

Published: Jun. 15, 2021 at 3:50 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 10:57 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - An investigation is underway after two people were found dead in a mobile home in Vanderburgh County.

The coroner says they are 73-year-old William Matlock and 72-year-old Linda Matlock.

Autopsies were Thursday. The coroner says the results are pending toxicology and additional studies.

Officials say the couple’s granddaughter found them.

The granddaughter’s fiancé called dispatch to say they had gone to the Rockford Drive trailer to check on the two.

He says they found the couple dead on the floor and believes they could have been there for a few days.

The mobile home sits in the 6100 block of Rockford Drive.

A neighbor shared memories of a couple who were found dead across the street.

”He really loved his wife a whole lot; he worshiped the ground she worked on,” neighbor Brenda Smith explained.

Neighbor Brenda Smith tells 14 News they never bothered anyone and added the wife was rarely seen. Smith recalls having only met her once but knew she was recently in the hospital.

”He told me he wasn’t a good cook, but he could do everything else,” Smith said. “He said he can’t wait for her to get home so she can start cooking again.”

The dispatch audio says three pugs also lived in the home. Smith recalls them excessively barking Sunday evening while she was mowing, so she walked over.

“The dogs kept barking, and then I hollered at him and said, ‘if you’re in there, please let me know if you fell on the floor or if you’re hurt or something like that, let me know, and I’ll do what I can to help you.’ Nobody answered. So, I knocked on the door a few more times,” Smith recalled.

Smith says she has had to help the man get up after a fall once before but believed he could have been gone with a relative on Sunday. She was unaware the wife had returned home for getting medical care.

”I told him if he ever needed help, that I could help them the best I can,” Smith told 14 News. “If he ever needed help, he knew where I lived.”

A man who was well-liked among many neighborhood children that could count on him to bring the treats.

”She calls him grandpa, she said, ‘Do you have any ice cream today?’ He said, ‘No, but I’m on my way to the store to get it!’”

This unexpected loss is so far unexplained.

”Yeah, everybody around is going to miss them,” Smith added. “Like I said, they were really, really good people.”

Sheriff Wedding says the air conditioning was not working at the home.

One dog also died, and others were found alive inside the home.

Matlocks(Browning Funeral Home)

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