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Police rule suspicious deaths as murder-suicide

Police search a duplex in the 3100 block of S. Harrison St. in January where Dana Atkins and Tyrone Titus were found / Source: KFDA Police search a duplex in the 3100 block of S. Harrison St. in January where Dana Atkins and Tyrone Titus were found / Source: KFDA
Preliminary autopsy results could not determine a cause of the death for the couple / Source: KFDA Preliminary autopsy results could not determine a cause of the death for the couple / Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The deaths of two Amarillo residents found in late January are now being ruled as murder and suicide, the Amarillo Police Department said Wednesday.

Police discovered Dana Atkins and Tyrone Titus on Jan. 28 in a duplex on S. Harrison St.. Autopsy results revealed Atkins, 42, died from asphyxiation, while Titus died several hours later from a fatal dose of ethylene glycol, commonly known as antifreeze.

Investigators could not initially determine a cause a death because there were no signs of trauma or suicide.

In January, neighbors told NewsChannel10 Atkins's daughter entered the couple's unlocked home to find their bodies.

"I actually heard something and it was the girls crying and I went outside to check to see if everyone was okay and the next door neighbor over there she had said that she found the mom and the boyfriend. I wish closure for the family though, because its really important for them to have that," neighbor Bria Craig said.

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