Father, Son Deaths Not Homicides, Police Say

Bodies of Robert Salked, 52, and his son, Branden Salked, 20, were found by a relative

Friday, Jan 20, 2012  |  Updated 9:52 PM CDT
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Father, Son Deaths Not Homicides, Police Say

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Police are investigating the deaths of a man and his son, whose bodies were found in their west suburban home on Friday afternoon.

Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano said Robert Salked, 52, and his son, Branden Salked, 20, were found dead by a relative in their home on the 2400 block of North 73rd Court.

He said police received a 911 call at 12:14 p.m.

There is no evidence foul play is involved, no sign of forced entry to the single-family home and the Fire Department found carbon monoxide levels to be normal, Fagiano said. “There was no blunt force trauma to the body.”.

Fagiano said the bodies were deceased about five hours before being discovered. A Cook County Medical Examiner’s office spokesman said there was no indication of what may have caused the deaths.

Police did discover what appeared to be an illegal substance and Fagiano said it will be sent to the state police lab for testing. Police are considering the incident a death investigation, not a homicide, and are awaiting toxicology reports to determine the cause of death.

“Until the Cook County Medical Examiner conducts an autopsy on the bodies, we won’t know the exact cause of death,” Fagiano said.

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