Cops: Beloved L.I. Couple Likely Killed By Carbon Monoxide

Neighbors Devastated Over The Loss Of Joe And Kay Hayes

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island community was in mourning Thursday night after two long-time residents were found dead earlier in the day.

The discovery occurred during a wellness check, and, as CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey reports, carbon monoxide likely played a role in the deaths.

When police and firefighters entered the home of Joe and Kay Hayes, they found the elderly couple dead in their separate bedrooms, their car running in a locked garage, and the home’s carbon monoxide detector disabled.

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“I still can’t believe it,” friend Sue Hall said.

Hall said she knew the couple for 55 years.

“They couldn’t have been nicer neighbors and friends. When I needed them when my husband was so sick, they helped me and they took care of Frank when I couldn’t,” Hall said.

Neighbors said Kay Hayes suffered from Alzheimer’s in recent years and that her 88-year-old husband was slowing down.

“Joe was very energetic years ago, but recently had become ill — heart problems,” neighbor Joe Sapanski said.

Authorities don’t know how long the car had been running but said the built-up carbon monoxide fumes seeped from the garage throughout the entire house and likely killed the couple.

“We know the dangers of carbon monoxide. We have a carbon monoxide detector inside but you know what? I don’t think it’s something we check the batteries on as much as we check the smoke detector,” neighbor Greg Pando said.

The couple was religious, and neighborhood fixtures.

“Shocking. They’re wonderful people. I’ve lived here for 18 years and they’re always been very, very kind,” Marge Barbaro said.

Police said the couple, who’d been married more than 50 years, was found in an upstairs bedrooms, under the covers. They’re calling it an accident. So is their friend of 55 years.

“I have to think it was an accident. Yeah, I want to think that,” Hall said.

They were a popular couple that will be missed.

The couple left behind a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • irene

    Condolences to the family……may Mr and Mrs Hayes rest in piece and shame on you Lola (see above comment dated 1/18) for your completely stupid and insensitive comment…..

  • Rob

    If they were indeed forgetful and occasionally forgot to turn off the car’s ignition, why wasn’t the carbon monoxide detector tested weekly if not at least monthly. With their means, this was senseless and should be a wakeup call to not only get carbon monoxide detectors but test them regularly.

  • Lauren Korn Popkoff

    I don’t even know them, but may their names be for a blessing int he days and years to come

  • Berna Wilson

    So sad, because of forgetfulness, condolences to their family, friends and neighbours. May they rest in peace.

  • Og

    It is very sad, but they will be missed by everyone close to them. May their soul rest in peace.

  • Joe

    From the sounds of it…..they lived so long together…..they wanted to die together…..May GOD welcome them with open arms……let it be that their love overcame the fumes……

  • Ed Clay

    A couple who were in love and will remain so through eternity. My prayers go out to their loved ones.

  • vicente manalac

    in the Bible it is written : To every time there is a season , a time to live and a time to die . athe couple were faithful to each other in life and in death . Yet there must be a reason for their leaving . A time to see God waiting at the end of the corridor . With arms extended and face sublime HE said : Welcome home kay and joe , Ive been waiting for you . Come now and live with the Lord forever .Goodbye Kay Goodbye Joe . Goodbye to the two lovely flowers ……………………………………

  • Jerry

    god bless them both and im sorry for the loss of these great people that god gave us.

  • carl butler

    people like this are very rare kind and they show they care about others now they rest with god who will bless them for being children of his own god bless the children and grand-children keep them in your hearts follow how they lived and make there life long work continue wish i knew them i feel them in my heart prayer will get you through this

  • lola

    my heart goes to the aged couple who had to leave this way and i pray that the gud lord will comfort their chldren and the grandchildren . however, i dont want the authorities to dismiss this as mere accident it should be investigated because america has the history of children getting rid of thier parents for monetary inheritance

  • tess

    god bless them both
    condolences to their family,friends and neighbors

  • sawney bean

    They will be missed!!

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