On December 31, 2016, three little boys sat in the backseat of their parents’ vehicle, intently watching a movie.

Sadly, the last day of the year would also be the last day they would see their parents alive. According to Fox News, police discovered Daniel and Heather Kelsey’s bodies lying outside of their vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 4 in Volusia County, Florida.

Posted by Heather Kelsey on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

When the police discovered the boys unharmed, they also realized that the children had no idea anything had happened to their parents.

In early January, just days after Daniel and Heather had passed, Heather’s parents, who are now looking after their grandchildren, told News 6 that the boys still couldn’t wrap their heads around their parents’ death.

Her father, Mike Belisle, explained:

“They really don’t know. They’re kind of looking for mommy right now. I don’t want anybody to ever have to go through what we’ve gone through.

The children, who ranged in ages from eight months to four years, suffer from different conditions, including autism.


Belisle said that while it will be difficult and costly to raise their grandchildren, they are incredibly grateful for all the help and support they have received from their community:

“We’re extremely thankful and overwhelmed by how generous people have been.”

It was first reported that police didn’t expect foul play, but that the results from the preliminary autopsies were inconclusive.

Now, as the Orlando Sentinel has reported, the Kelsey’s official autopsy reports have been released.

According to the Volusia County medical examiner, both Daniel and Heather accidentally overdosed on fentanyl which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

In fact, medical examiners are often told to use protection when coming in contact with fentanyl because of its extreme potency.

Posted by Heather Kelsey on Thursday, August 25, 2016

And it’s unknown if Daniel and Heather knew they were taking fentanyl, which according to the CDC is:

[O]ften mixed with heroin or cocaine—with or without the user’s knowledge—in order to increase the drug’s effect.

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, in Florida, fentanyl caused more than 700 deaths during the first half of 2016.

A powerful derivative of fentanyl was also revealed to be the cause of death of an Ohio couple, who was found by their son after they didn’t wake him up for school.

According to a Volusia County official, the investigation into Daniel and Heather’s death is still ongoing.

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