Two people found dead in a motel in Lebanon

March 15 – Two people were found dead in a Lebanese motel early Monday morning.

Authorities are currently investigating the incident as possible drug overdoses.

During an early morning cleanup, staff at the Southland Motel in Lebanon found the two unresponsive people in one of the rooms. Shortly after, a manager called 911 and first responders were dispatched to the motel on North Cumberland Street shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, Lebanese police found two dead people inside.

Lebanese Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. PJ Hardy confirmed that a man and a woman were discovered inside the room. According to Hardy, both subjects appeared to be in their 50s.

It was also reported that the deceased was a long-term resident of the motel, which offers weekly and monthly rates. The two individuals had been staying in the room for about a year, according to Hardy.

The scene is still under investigation, but initial reports from the LPD indicated that drug paraphernalia was recovered from inside the room.

“The investigation is fluid and ongoing, but it appears drugs were involved,” Hardy said. “No foul play has been identified. At this stage it is being investigated as a potential drug overdose.”

Members of the Lebanon Fire Department and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency also responded to the scene.

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