ACUSHNET, Mass. (WPRI) — A father and son were found dead Wednesday morning inside an Acushnet home, according to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office.
Bristol County District Attorney spokesman Gregg Miliote identified them Wednesday afternoon as Joseph Lopes, 41, and Collin Lopes, 9.
Acushnet Police Chief Michael Alves said officers were first called to the house on Buttonwood Lane about 8:15 a.m. for a well-being check after the boy’s mother – Joseph Lopes’s ex-wife – notified police she had been unable to reach either father or son since the night before.
Miliote said Joseph Lopes’s vehicle was in the driveway and nothing was out of order; officers called the boy’s school and discovered Collin had not shown up for class.
Once they gained entry at about 10:30 a.m., Alves said carbon monoxide levels inside the home were so high it was unsafe for police to enter without protective gear. Firefighters soon found the bodies of the father and son inside – along with a dog that was deceased and a dog that was very ill, the DA’s office said.
Jason Lopes, Joesph Lopes’s brother, explained that Lopes is a tradesman. “I’m shocked that this would happen to him,” he said.
A cousin of Lopes stated, “I still got to break it to my 10-year-old, which is best friends with Collin. It’s going to be a tough situation.”
Family members believe it was an accident.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and the Fire Marshal’s Office were taking the lead on the investigation, Alves said.