Hypoxia killed the three people found dead near Reed Point during recent arctic blast

The three people found dead last week in a rural home outside of Big Timber died of hypoxia.

Emergency crews found Gary and Angelika Morton, who were married, and Paul Ray dead at their residence on Dec. 23. They were on 700 block of Stephens Hill Road, about 11 miles north of Reed Point along the Yellowstone River. Investigators with the Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office are still trying to determine the source of the deadly gas leak.

“Pay attention to your carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t have one, get one. And when you get one, keep the batteries up-to-date in it,” Sweet Grass County Sheriff Alan Ronneberg said.

Angelika Morton, 58, called emergency dispatch on the morning of Dec. 23 to report that someone at the house may be having a heart attack, Ronneberg said. The region was still being pummeled by an arctic blast that kept temperatures well below freezing throughout the day. An ambulance slid off the road, which still had not been plowed, about two miles away from the house on Stephens Hill Road, Ronneberg told the Gazette.

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