Boone police release names of victims in hotel incident that resulted in one fatality

Michael Bragg

UPDATE: Carbon monoxide detected in hotel room.

Town of Boone Police and Fire Investigators are still working to piece together the sequence of events and the nature of a medical emergency Saturday, which resulted in the death of an 11-year-old at a hotel in Boone.

Jeffrey Williams from Rock Hill, S.C., who was publicly identified Sunday, was found dead by first responders to a medical emergency call at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza located at 840 E. King St. The cause of death is still unknown, according to a press release from Boone Police.

The boy’s mother, Jeannie Williams, 49, was injured during the incident.

Investigators found that the room the two were occupying is the same room where two elderly people were found dead April 16, 2013, according to the press release. Investigators have found no evidence that the two incidents are related, but have not ruled out any possibilities.

“We have been able to determine that there is no danger to the general public,” according to the press release. “We appreciate the understanding that has been shown by the community at large during this tragic event.”

The release stated that there are no updates expected until Tuesday. The Appalachian will have more information as it is made available.

Story: JOSH FARMER, Managing Editor