East Hampton Town police are calling the death of a Northwest Woods woman a “possible suicide,” according to East Hampton Town Detective Lieutenant Chris Anderson.
“There is no indication of foul play,” he said yesterday.
The body of Maria Rose, 61, was removed on Monday from a house at 7 Cattalo Circle by Sergeant Dan Roman and Officer Thomas Strong, who were dispatched after a concerned friend, unable to reach the woman, called police. When they arrived, they found a note on the door. Det. Anderson would not reveal its contents other than to say it warned of a high level of carbon monoxide gas inside.
After gaining access to the house, the two policemen were almost overwhelmed by the gas, but managed to get the body out. Carbon monoxide is scentless and extremely toxic.
“The officers were overcome by the effects of the carbon monoxide gas, and were transported to Southampton Hospital,” Det. Anderson said. They recovered after treatment, he said, and were released by nightfall.
The cause of death will not be officially known until the Suffolk County Coroner’s Office completes an autopsy.