Bodies found in Jasper residence

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Members of the Jasper Police Department discovered two people who had possibly been dead for weeks when they performed a welfare check at a residence on Friday afternoon.

The bodies were discovered at a residence on 16th Avenue in Jasper.  The names of the individuals were not released on Friday as officials attempted to notify next of kin.

Police Chief J.C. Poe said one of the individuals was a senior citizen. Foul play is not suspected, but the investigation is ongoing, according to Poe.

"There were some health issues involved. One was a caretaker for the other one," Poe said.

Poe said officers performed the welfare check at the request of neighbors and had to force their way into the residence. 

The individuals had not been seen since around Sept. 12, according to Poe.

Members of the Jasper Police Department were seen wearing hazmat suits while entering and exiting the residence on Friday around 4 p.m. Poe said the suits were necessary because of the length of time that the individuals had been deceased.