Couple found dead in sweltering room at retirement community

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The victims were identified as Keith and Connie Cox. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The victims were identified as Keith and Connie Cox. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is investigating the two deaths as heat-related. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is investigating the two deaths as heat-related. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (AP) -

Officials are investigating the deaths of two people who were found in a room with a broken air conditioning unit on Friday as being heat-related.

The couple was found in a sweltering room at a retirement facility in Apache Junction.

They have been identified as Keith and Connie Cox.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is investigating the two deaths as heat-related. Spokeswoman Navideh Forghani said deputies responding to a welfare check at the Palmas Del Sol East facility found the couple's fans on the highest power. Deputies could not turn on the air conditioning unit inside the home.

[RELATED: Authorities: 2 elderly people found dead in Apache Junction, possibly related to heat]

Phoenix topped out at 112 degrees (44 degrees Celsius) on Friday, the sixth day in an eight-day streak of temperatures exceeding 110 degrees.

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No additional information was available.

The Medical Examiner's Office will look into the exact cause of death.

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