Five Dead, Including Kids, in Possible Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP -- Five people were found dead Saturday in a cabin near Montgomery.

State police said their deaths appear to be a case of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The bodies of Nathan Reece, 30, of Muncy and Jacqueline Stackhouse, 23, of New Columbia were found inside.

The Lycoming County Coroner identified the three children as Nariah Hawkins, 8; Cadee Hawkins, 4; and Austin Cousins, 3.

A friend was the one who discovered the bodies.

Authorities determined there was a propane heater inside the cabin that was not ventilated properly.

As the news spread, people in the community were shocked.

"This is horrible and devastating and I wish I could help in some way," said Marguerite Campbell.

The fire chief in Washington Township said he was on the scene when the five bodies were discovered.

He wants to let people know how to use propane tanks properly to prevent another tragedy.

"If you're going to use one, make sure it's in a ventilated room. Crack a window or something," said Chief Brett Ulrich.

Ulrich said the volunteer fire department spoke with stress management when they returned to the station.

He said it's the first time the company had to deal with this kind of loss, and it was heartbreaking.

"It really hit home. It's just terrible and it really hit home, " Ulrich said.

The deaths are not believed to be suspicious but authorities are still investigating.

The coroner is expected to release an exact cause of death on Sunday.


  • Avery Rogers

    I’m sorry for ur Loss r.i.p cadee and Nariah
    Gone but never forgotten….!!! I am so sorry for what happened it. I wish I knew them to at least say something but I don’t and ik how my friend feels for loosing them there so important to her and I understand bc she lost her nieces and she loved so much and I’m just trying to look out for her love ya boo;* I’m so sorry.!!!

  • bill williams

    we want the REST of the story omitted by Newswatch 16 the fact that the owner of the cabin slept OUTSIDE in a truck or that the mother of two of the children somehow escaped by leaving the cabin hours earlier?
    does that seem suspicious? please people use your heads here if it smells like a duck
    just sayin

  • MsM

    “Maybye the people at that cabin coulda been drinking and didn’t think about it.”
    Maybe they shoulda thought about it if that is the case! They shouldn’t have been drinking around young children!

  • Natalie

    If anyone would like to show their support and help out the families involved, we will be collecting donations at Riverside Campground and Lounge thanks to the organization of Vicki Lee for putting together a collection container. All proceeds will be going to the families of the ones lost. Gone but not forgotten

    • Vincent april

      Hi! I would like to contribute something to help cover the costs of the funerals. Thank you. Vincent

    • Jennifer Dreyfuss

      Hmm, they must’ve deleted the comment by the aunt, Jennifer Stackhouse. She mentoined the youngest boy’s name was Cousins as it had been originally stated as Conners. Or vice-versa. (Sorry, working on memory here and i may have it backwards.) But why delete her comment?

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