UPDATE: Two bodies found in New Albany home; investigation ongoing

Police investigate at the Masons' home on Sunday. Photo by David Johnson.

Police investigate at the Mason home on Sunday. Photo by David Johnson.

UPDATE: New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson has identified the two people found on Sunday as Carroll D. Mason, 78, and his wife, Patricia J. Mason, 77.

There were no indications of a home invasion or a robbery, and no immediate cause of death could be determined, he said, but they are investigating their deaths “from all angles.”

Preliminary autopsy results could be available as late Monday or Tuesday.

NEW ALBANY – Police officers answering a call for a welfare check discovered two bodies Sunday afternoon.

The call, made by a neighbor, was received by New Albany Police at 3 p.m. Sunday, according to Police Chief Chris Robertson.

“The neighbors were concerned because they had not seen the residents of 701 East Shady Lane here in New Albany in several days,” Robertson said. “Officers were dispatched and were able to get into the house where they found the bodies of a deceased male and a deceased female.”

The names of the deceased were not released Sunday evening pending notification of family members.

“We are continuing to look at all possible angles,” Robertson said. “We are not ruling out anything at this point.”

The two bodies will be sent for autopsy, he said. “If not tonight, then first thing tomorrow.”

Assisting the New Albany Police with the investigation are members of the Union County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Jimmy Edwards, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, and Coroner Pam Bowman.

“We are working hand in hand with these other agencies to continue our investigation,” Robertson said. “And we are thankful for their help.”