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City of Williamsburg Police have identified the two men who were found dead in the same apartment building within 24 hours of each other this weekend.

Both John Raymond Norman, 49, and Adam Priseler, 41, were found dead in their apartments after Williamsburg’s fire and police departments responded to cardiac arrest calls, in which the patients were reported as not breathing, on the 100 block of Second Street.

Norman, whom emergency responders found around 4:06 p.m. Sunday, was discovered slumped over to his right side on the couch and had vomited on himself.

Priseler, who was found around 10:16 a.m. Monday in the same apartment building, was discovered on his bathroom floor. He was last seen by his girlfriend around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Neither death shows signs of foul play, according to the release. Police are investigating the causes of the deaths and the medical examiner’s office will work to determine the exact cause of death.

“We think that there may be something about the environment that they had in common that may have led to their deaths,” Maj. Greg Riley, spokesperson for the Williamsburg Police, said Monday.

On Monday, Riley confirmed a generator that had been running in the area of the building around the time of the deaths is a part of the investigation.

Though police have said other occupants of the building are allowed to remain inside, the residents have chosen to leave the premises during the investigation, according to the release. The apartment buildings are on the second floor of a building that houses a small grocery store on the first floor and an upholstery shop in the basement.

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3 Responses to Police Identify Deceased in City Apartment Deaths

  1. Beth in VA

    August 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I don’t blame the other residents for vacating. It seems too much of a coincidence for two middle-aged people to die of no obvious natural causes.

  2. KF

    August 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Is this the building that has the Office supply in the front?

  3. Observer

    August 14, 2013 at 10:37 am

    The upholstery shop is in the basement of that building. A Latin grocery is on the first floor, and the apartments are on the second floor.

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