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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the deaths of a man and woman found dead sitting side by side in a southern Illinois home.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says the bodies of 46-year-old Ward Nogninger and 39-year-old Lisa Patterson were found early Wednesday at a Belleville home.

Nogninger’s father found the bodies when he went to check on his son, who Stone says had a long-term medical condition.

Stone tells the Belleville News-Democrat there were no signs of any injuries. Autopsy and toxicology tests are scheduled for Thursday.

Belleville police Capt. Don Sax says there was no sign of forced entry to the home. He says no persons of interest are being sought.

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