BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) — An elderly couple was found dead from apparent heat exhaustion on Monday, according to the Bulloch County coroner.
Coroner Jake Futch says the bodies of Larry and Mary Greer were found by their daughter at their home on Tall Timbers Lane in Stilson on Monday afternoon. Larry Greer was found on the back porch deceased while Mary was found dead lying on the couch. The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Bulloch County Fire and EMS responded to the scene.
“The son and daughter had come over to do a welfare check if you will and so when they got there, they found the father deceased on the back porch,” Futch said. “And then the wife was inside the house on the couch.”
Futch said when he arrived at the scene, the house itself was so hot, that it was unbearable to be inside.
“The condition of the house was, it was unbelievably hot,” Futch said. “No air conditioners at all. There were several deceased cats in the house because of the heat.”
Futch said the couple was most likely dead for 24 hours before their children showed up. When asked about the absence of air conditioning, he said there are many people who live the same way.
“It’s hard to think people live like that, but I do see it a lot,” Futch said. “There are several homes in Bulloch county that people live like that, that don’t have AC and I don’t know how they do it. Neighbors and family members should check on the elderly more.”
In those conditions, Futch thinks a welfare check should be done several times a day, he also says to use other resources your area has to offer in similar scenarios.
“Go to the mall during the heat of the day. Go to a local church that may be open in the middle of the day, just get out of the heat,” Futch said.
In addition, Futch said Bulloch County parks and recreation offers daytime activities for the elderly to escape the heat.