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Police: 2 found dead in NY cemetery were struck by lightning

August 12, 2016

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a man and woman found dead in a western New York cemetery apparently were hit by lightning during severe thunderstorms.

Police in Batavia, located between Buffalo and Rochester, say Batavia Cemetery caretakers discovered the bodies of 34-year-old Richard Garlock and 32-year-old Jenea Macleod on Wednesday afternoon.

Severe storms had rolled across the region early Wednesday morning.

Police say a medical examiner determined Garlock and Macleod had sustained injuries consistent with being struck by lightning, but the official cause of death is still pending.

Detective Eric Hill says there were no obvious signs of foul play.

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