Twin toddlers were found dead in a pickup truck outside their home in Bossier City, Louisiana, on Saturday, June 18. Their cause of death was likely heat-related, officials said on Monday, June 20, according to the Shreveport Times, a local newspaper.
The 3-year-olds, Oliver and Aria Orr, were pronounced dead after their mother and neighbors discovered the twins in the family truck around 3 p.m., according to the Bossier City Police Department. The neighbors told police that the children’s mother, Alisha Orr, had contacted them saying her children were missing and she was looking for them.
The medical examiner has not determined an official cause of death yet, but preliminary autopsy results show that it was likely due to the extreme heat, the Shreveport Times reports. The temperature in Bossier City exceeded 90 degrees at times on Saturday. There were no other signs of trauma.
Neighbor Rhonda Matthews told the local outlet that Alisha came to her house late Saturday afternoon after she woke up from a nap and couldn’t find the twins. After searching the backyard, they found the twins in the truck and tried to administer CPR, but it was too late.
The children’s father, Travis Orr, is a deputy with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Shreveport Times reports. Officials are continuing to investigate how they got into the truck, and Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington issued a statement about the incident. “We are saddened by the tragic loss suffered by the Orr family, and our hearts are heavy,” he wrote on the department’s official Facebook page. "This is a very difficult time, but it’s even more so, as they are a part of our Bossier Sheriff’s Office family. Please keep Deputy Travis Orr and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Prior to the tragic incident, Oliver had been hospitalized after he was attacked by the family dog on May 29, and Travis wrote on Facebook that he was released on June 2 with a few scratches, according to the Shreveport Times.
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