Officials will rule today on the deaths of a father and son found in the garage of their home in the 300 block of Bertram in late October.
An inquest will begin at 9 a.m. this morning to examine the facts presented by police and the autopsy and toxicology reports. The six jurors will determine if the deaths of Joseph R. Schmitt and his four-year-old son Wyland will be ruled as accidental, a suicide, a homicide or a mix of more than one.
An inquest is required any time there is an unexplained death, said Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy.
On Oct. 24 Yorkville police discovered the two bodies in the garage of of home in the 300 block of Bertram Drive after being called to the home for a well-being check. Schmitt was found on the floor of the garage and Wyland was found unrestrained in a chair.
When authorities entered the garage the family vehicle was not running, but the keys were in the ignition and the gas tank was empty, leading investigators to believe the vehicle had been running.
Preliminary autopsy results for the two Schmitts revealed amounts of carbon monoxide in their systems. Although the toxin was found in their system after an autopsy, Toftoy said he could not yet confirm whether the levels of the toxin were lethal.
Schmitt and his wife, Kyle Weber, of Naperville, were in the process of getting a divorce.
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