Autopsy results pending in deaths of elderly brothers

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Authorities investigating the deaths of two elderly brothers in Lancaster County are awaiting test results that will take several weeks.

Autopsies on Wednesday did not determine what caused the deaths of 74-year-old James Hougendobler and 73-year-old William Hougendobler.

Coroner Stephen Diamantoni said his ruling is pending toxicology and other test results. He said there were no signs of trauma to the bodies.

The men were found dead Thursday in their Lancaster Township home. Police said a family member had gone to the house because they hadn’t seen the brothers for at least two weeks.

The home in the 500 block of South West End Avenue didn’t have a working furnace or running water, and a gas oven was turned on to heat part of the house, police said.

There were no obvious signs of foul play.

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