Pittsburgh YMCA deaths appear to be unrelated


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The deaths of two middle-aged men whose bodies were found Monday at the North Side YMCA don't appear to be suspicious or related, Pittsburgh police said.

One man may have been dead for days before he was found in his room that morning, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office.

His name was not being released while family out of state was being notified.

The name of the other resident was still unclear Monday night. Forensic investigators have not been able to identify that man. He is described as white and 58 years old.

The causes of death are still unknown.

Major crimes unit Lt. Kevin Kraus said the men lived on the same floor but in separate rooms in the facility at West North Avenue and Monterey Street.

YMCA resident Dennis Fox said he got a knock on the door about 9 a.m. from the man who runs the building, who was there to check on him after Mr. Fox's neighbor was found dead.

Mr. Fox said the man next door was "very quiet" and about a month or two ago, Mr. Fox said, he noticed a "do not disturb" sign on the man's door.

Mr. Fox said staff does monthly room inspections at the YMCA, where he has lived two years.

"The Y community is deeply saddened by the tragic, seemingly unrelated, deaths of two of the Allegheny Y's residents on the [North Side]," the organization said in a statement Monday.

The North Side branch houses 85 men, according to the organization, which has provided single-occupancy rooms for adult men in the greater Pittsburgh region for more than 159 years.

A YMCA spokeswoman said staff performs monthly inspections but wasn't immediately sure how often employees check on residents.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede.


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