Double Suicide Ruled in Texas Couple’s Deaths Near Lake Wenatchee

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Sarah Pischke

Wenatchee, Wa.- Chelan County Coroner, Wayne Harris has declared the death of a Texas couple whose bodies were discovered earlier this spring in  their pickup truck near Lake Wenatchee was a double suicide. The announcement comes after the State Crime Lab released the results of blood toxicology tests and review of other evidence found at the scene. 34 year old Roger Marburger of Humble, Texas and his wife, 24 year old Sarah Pischke were found dead inside their parked pickup truck in the Chiwaukum Creek area. The Coroner issued a prepared statement explainig the couple’s cause of death.

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“We received toxicology testing back from the tox lab.  All the pieces are in place and this was a double suicide.  There were no physical injuries noticed on the bodies at autopsy so any sort of trauma has been ruled out.  The scene investigation had a pickup truck with the windows sealed with tape and a standard garden hose running from the exhaust pipe to a window which had been rolled up tight and had been taped.  There is no evidence whatsoever to indicate that one of the individuals killed the other one before taking their own life. The cause of death has been listed as Asphyxia due to the Inhalation of Carbon Monoxide (automobile engine exhaust.)”
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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.