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2 people found dead in New York cemetery were struck by lightning: police

Posted at 3:49 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 15:49:28-04
Two people found dead in Batavia Cemetery were struck by lightning (Google Maps)

Two people found dead in Batavia Cemetery were struck by lightning (Google Maps)

BATAVIA, N.Y. — Police in western New York say two people found dead in a cemetery were struck by lightning.

Batavia Police Det. Sgt. Todd Crossett says Thursday that someone reported two people dead in Batavia Cemetery around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. They’re identified as 34-year-old Richard Garlock and 32-year-old Jenea Macleod.

The Erie County Medical Examiner determined both people were struck by lightning, but the cause of death is still pending further testing.

Crossett says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed that lightning struck early Wednesday in the area where the bodies were found.