Mother, 83, son, 60, found dead in west Detroit home

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people found Tuesday night in a home on Detroit's west side.

Authorities responded to a 911 call for a welfare check in the 9600 block of American after a neighbor failed to reach the residents, said David Fornell, the city's deputy fire commissioner.

Fire personnel and officers arrived at the home about 7:30 p.m. and found a woman and a man unresponsive in separate rooms, Fornell said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to have been dead for at least a day, he said.

The residents, identified as an 83-year-old mother and her 60-year-old son, did not appear to show signs of trauma or foul play, police said in a statement.

Firefighters checked for carbon monoxide but their equipment did not detect any, Fornell said.

Autopsies were to be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Rigor mortis had set in on both bodies, Fornell said.

On Wednesday, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said the woman has been identified a Bernice Hankins, and the man was identified as Jeffrey Hankins.

Officials said the cause and manner of death are still pending.