Clinton home explosion deaths ruled suicides

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CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)–The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the married couple who died in a home explosion in Clinton last week committed suicide.

Leo Hinkley, 64, and Candace Hinkley, 61, died as a result of their injuries after an explosion in their mobile home at Evergreen Springs Complex on Killingworth Turnpike in Clinton on September 22.

The explosion could be heard town-wide, and shook homes in the area.

Prior to succumbing to her injuries in the hospital, Candace told a Clinton police detective that the pair had previously planned to kill themselves together, and that the husband had been manipulating the gas fire fireplace a day prior, in an attempt to suffocate themselves.

Leo Hinkley died from thermal burns on his body. Candace died from complications of thermal injuries.

Police determined that both victims were suffering from serious medical and health issues prior to the explosion and had recently become “very depressed.”

State and local fire marshals have not concluded their investigation.

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