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Police have been baffled by the unsolved death of a family of five found inside their home near Salt Lake City.

Relatives of Benjamin and Kristi Strack found the couple and their three children dead inside the master bedroom of their home in Springville, Utah, Sept. 27, according to police search warrants.

Investigators wrote that they believed the family died from an “accidental or intentional poisoning” and that “somebody had to position the bodies after they were deceased.”

“This is the first time I’ve ever gone into a home and found an entire family dead in one room,” Springville Police Lt. David Caron said.

The couple’s three children – Benson, 14, Emery, 12, and Zion, 11 – were found lying around the bed, covered with sheets. A red liquid was found next to each body.

“Emery was just beautiful and loved every little animal out there,” said Jacob Strack, the brother of Benjamin Strack, who is acting as the family’s spokesman.

“Zion was just sweet and every time you were around him, you just couldn’t help but be happy and Benson was just a giant goofball.”

Inside the home, police found 12 opened and empty bottles of nighttime cold, flu and allergy medication, empty sleep aid boxes and some marijuana, according to search warrants. They also found a pitcher of red juice, a bucket of yellow liquid, several empty drinking cups and bottles and a pair of slippers with a spot of blood on them.

First responders originally believed a carbon monoxide leak may have caused the deaths, but Kristi’s mother told them “there was no carbon monoxide leak” when she showed up to the house. She also added that “she couldn’t believe she would do this to the kids” but didn’t clarify her statements to police.

“It’s surprising,” said Emily Stone, who organized a recent vigil for the family. “It’s a little bit upsetting to me that those kind of things were found out.”

Police in Springville are awaiting toxicology results next month that could pinpoint an exact cause of death, Caron said in a statement.

Court records show the couple had a history of legal and financial problems, and had gone through court-ordered drug treatment several years ago, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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ST. LOUIS — Oct 31, 2014, 7:05 AM ET

Firefighters have rescued a parachutist who became stuck on the wires of a broadcast tower about 125 feet off of the ground and dangled for about two hours.

First responders were dispatched on Thursday night after the man’s parachute became stuck on the wires connected to the KETC-TV tower in south St. Louis County. Authorities haven’t said where he jumped from.

A firefighter climbed the tower and passed an anchor to the man, who released himself from his parachute and was lowered to the ground.

The man was taken from the scene in an ambulance. His identity hasn’t been released.

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PHOTO: The Midnight Rider cast and crew were filming on this train trestle over the Altamaha River outside of Doctortown, Ga.

A hairstylist severely injured by a train that killed 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones during a shoot for the film “Midnight Rider” described the horrific moments when she realized the train was going to strike her.

“I saw the light of that train,” Joyce Gilliard told ABC News’ “20/20.” “It was like the train was right there, so you had seconds to figure out what you were going to do.”

Tune in for the full story on ABC News’ “20/20″ on Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. ET.

On Feb. 20, 2014, the day of the tragic accident, Gillard, 42, said the cast and crew drove two hours to a train trestle over the Altamaha River outside of Doctortown, Georgia, for what was only supposed to be a pre-production shoot, according to the production schedule obtained by “20/20.”

“I was told that it wasn’t actual principal photography,” said Gilliard.

But veteran filmmaker Randall Miller, who was writing, producing and directing “Midnight Rider,” was, in fact, shooting a full scene at the train trestle, witnesses told “20/20.”

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PHOTO: The “Midnight Rider” cast and crew were filming on this train trestle over the Altamaha River outside of Doctortown, Ga.

In the scene, the character Gregg Allman imagined his late brother, the character Duane Allman, on the other side of the bridge in a dream sequence, according to a call sheet obtained by “20/20.”

Jones, who had worked multiple seasons on the show “Vampire Diaries” before taking the job on “Midnight Rider,” was in charge of wrangling the camera gear.

While Gilliard, Jones and the rest of the crew were preparing to start filming, multiple witnesses told “20/20,” two trains passed by. After the second train, the crew moved out on the bridge to place a hospital bed and the camera on the train trestle, multiple witnesses told “20/20.”

Then, Gilliard said, she heard someone telling everyone what to do if a train was spotted.

“[Someone said], ‘You have 60 seconds to get off the track.’ I was more or less, ‘60 seconds to get off the track?’” Gilliard said. “And I started praying. I’m mad at myself because I didn’t say something.”

The owner of the land adjacent to the bridge had given the production crew permission to be there and had also allegedly told them that only two trains would use the track that day.

There were no railroad officials or medical help present on set, multiple witnesses told “20/20,” nor was the film’s location manager, Charley Baxter. He hadn’t been able to obtain permission from the railroad to film on the trestle bridge. Baxter emailed the railroad’s refusal to producers just before 11 a.m. that day.

Moments after the crew was in position and filming began, a CSX train Q12519 with two locomotives and 37 freight cars came barreling down the track at an estimated 57 miles per hour, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report obtained by ABC News.

“I don’t know who yelled anything. All I know, I heard and I saw the train. And you just immediately started running,” Gilliard said.

The cast and crew had to run along a narrow pathway toward the oncoming train to save their lives. Gilliard remembered seeing Miller and another crew member trying to yank the hospital bed off the tracks. When she realized she couldn’t get off the bridge fast enough, Gilliard said she held onto an iron girder.

“The pressure from the wind from the train was so strong that, holding onto the girder, I wasn’t able to. It pulled me off,” she said.

The train struck Gilliard’s left arm, then smashed into the hospital bed. Iron shrapnel flew everywhere. The train’s impact snapped a bone in Gilliard’s left arm.

“I couldn’t believe what was happening. I thought about dying and my family getting that call,” said Gilliard.

Jones was the first person Gilliard saw when she opened her eyes once more.

“At first it was like a quiet, like people were in shock at what happened. I remember hearing somebody say ‘Oh my gosh, she’s dead,’” Gilliard said.

PHOTO: Sarah Jones, a camera assistant on Midnight Rider, was killed during filming.

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PHOTO: Sarah Jones, a camera assistant on ‘Midnight Rider,’ was killed during filming.

Miller and three other members of the “Midnight Rider” team were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing. They declined to speak with “20/20.” Miller and his wife, producer Jody Savin, issued a statement that said, in part, “When the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime … We would never knowingly put anybody’s safety at risk.”

“They wanted to get the shot, so whatever it took to get the shot is what they did,” Gilliard said. “The entire crew was put in a situation where we all had to basically run for our lives.”

Attorney Jeff Harris has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Jones’ parents, Elizabeth and Richard Jones. The Jones had also sued “Midnight Rider” producer Greg Allman, but Thursday dropped him and “Midnight Rider” distributor Open Road Films from their civil lawsuit.

“The people who made poor choices that day need to be held fully accountable [for] what they did,” Richard Jones told “20/20.”

“The audacity, the audacity to put someone else’s life in such danger, [it was] total disregard for someone else,” Elizabeth Jones told “20/20.” “And it wasn’t just Sarah, there were others who were injured.”

In honor of their daughter’s memory, Elizabeth and Richard Jones are trying to bring awareness to safer film sets with their website, Safety for Sarah.

Gilliard and five other crew members were injured in the accident. Gilliard suffered a compound fracture in her left arm and had to have a plate put in. She said she was out of work for eight months because of the injury. Gilliard is also suing the producers of “Midnight Rider,” the railroad company and the landowners.

“It’s not just my arm that was hurt,” Gilliard said. “I suffered such a traumatic experience seeing my co-worker, friend, lose her life because of someone else’s negligence.”

Watch the full story on ABC News’ “20/20″ on Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. ET.

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VANDALIA, Ill. — Oct 31, 2014, 3:28 AM ET

Officials say three members of a family were killed when their SUV was struck by a freight train at a crossing in southern Illinois.

Fayette County coroner Bruce Bowen says a woman, a boy and a girl, all related, died in the Thursday evening collision in Vandalia, 70 miles northeast of St. Louis.

Bowen didn’t provide names or ages of the victims.

Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray says two other people in the car were airlifted to a hospital, but has no information on their conditions.

Ray says the accident occurred just minutes before the start of the city’s Halloween Parade, which went ahead as planned.

He had no information on the cause of the accident. He said he believes the bars and lights at the crossing were functioning properly.

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Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season’s top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney’s hit film “Frozen” items, starting Saturday. The move comes as rival Target Corp. began offering free shipping on all items, a program that started late October and will last through Dec. 20.

Wal-Mart is also planning to offer discounts, or what it refers to as “rollbacks,” on more than 20,000 items on a broad range of products, from groceries to TVs, starting Saturday. The timing is similar to last year, but the discounter said the assortment is broader. It’s also pulling forward by nearly a month 15 24-hour online deals originally reserved for the Thanksgiving weekend and so-called Cyber Monday, about double from last year. For the first time, Wal-Mart will allow shoppers to pick up those 24-hour online specials at the store. They include 40-inch Element TVs for $199, down from $298, and Crayola Paint Makers for $12, down from $18.88. Customers will be able to purchase the deals online starting shortly after midnight on Monday.

The online deals are in addition to several hundred online holiday specials that start Saturday.

“We’re trying to offer the best deals when they want them,” said Steve Bratspies, Wal-Mart’s executive vice president and general merchandise manager for Wal-Mart’s U.S. division.

Wal-Mart unveiled some of the details of its holiday strategy as it considers matching online prices from competitors such as Amazon.com, a move that could help grab more customers but could also hurt profit margins. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based discounter has matched prices of local store competitors but has not followed other retailers including Best Buy and Target in matching prices of online rivals. But last month, Wal-Mart started to test the strategy in five markets: Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas; Phoenix; and northwest Arkansas.

Wal-Mart is trying to rev up sluggish sales in the U.S. as it battles competition from online retailers, dollar stores and drugstores. At the same time, it’s also dealing with a slowly recovering economy that hasn’t benefited its low-income shoppers. As a result, Wal-Mart’s U.S. namesake stores, which account for 60 percent of its total business, haven’t reported growth in a key sales measure in six straight quarters.

Wal-Mart’s move underscores how stores are being forced to step up their game for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for about 20 percent of retail industry’s annual sales. The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts a 4.1 percent sales increase to $616.9 billion for November and December from last year. But online sales, which are included in the forecast, are expected to increase anywhere from 8 percent to 11 percent.

Wal-Mart declined to say whether it was considering changing its price match policy for just the holidays or permanently. Deisha Barnett, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, says many store managers have matched online prices for customers on a case-by-case basis.

“Taking care of the customers who shop our stores is what we always aim to do,” she added.

As for its free shipping holiday program, Wal-Mart said that it had store executives pick the 100 items and that products are guaranteed to arrive before Christmas. Wal-Mart’s current policy is that online shoppers have to spend at least $50.


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In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation’s most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.

The nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, purposefully rode their bikes away from town on a dirt path to avoid coming into contact with people.

“We’re not trying to push any limits here. We’re members of this community, too, and we want to make people comfortable,” he told reporters Thursday evening.

Hickox, who returned to the U.S. last week, has been under what Maine is calling a voluntary quarantine at her home in this town of 4,300 people.

She has rebelled against the restrictions, saying that her rights are being violated and that she is no threat to others because she has no symptoms. She tested negative last weekend for Ebola, though it can take days for the virus to reach detectable levels.

State officials said that they were seeking a court order to require a quarantine through Nov. 10, the end of the 21-day incubation period for the Ebola virus.

But it was unclear Thursday whether the state had gone to court or whether there had been any progress in negotiations aimed at a compromise.

Gov. Paul LePage said state attorneys and Hickox’s lawyers had discussed a scaled-down quarantine that would have allowed her to go for walks, runs and bicycle rides while preventing her from venturing into populated public places or coming within 3 feet of others.

“I was ready and willing — and remain ready and willing — to reasonably address the needs of health care workers meeting guidelines to assure the public health is protected,” he said.

Hickox stepped into the media glare when she returned from West Africa to become subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey. After an uproar, she was released and traveled more than 600 miles to the small town on the Canadian border where she lives with her boyfriend.

At their home, reporters have been camped out for two days.

Wilbur said he and Hickox spent the day Thursday vacuuming, cleaning, doing laundry and watching a movie, “The Avengers.” He said he also spent four hours attending class via phone. He has agreed to stay away from the University of Maine at Fort Kent for the time being.

During their hour-long bike ride, they were followed by an unmarked state police cruiser. Later, they took delivery of a pizza.

States have broad authority under long-established law to quarantine people to prevent the spread of disease. In Maine, state law allows a judge to confine someone if health officials demonstrate “a clear and immediate public health threat.”

President Barack Obama and humanitarian groups have warned that such measures could cripple the fight against the disease at its source by discouraging volunteers like Hickox from going to West Africa, where the outbreak has sickened more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 of them.

“The volunteers are heroes to the people they help, and they are heroes to our own countries. They should be treated like heroes when they return,” Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said in Brussels.

In other developments:

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PHOTO: A small twin engine plane hit a building after losing power in one of its engines soon after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 30, 2014.


Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have been unable to inspect a small plane that crashed into a building at an airport in Wichita, Kansas, killing four people.

Leah Yeager with the NTSB said late Thursday that investigators will enter the Flight Safety Building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport once it’s deemed structurally sound. Heavy equipment will arrive Friday to remove portions of the building so emergency personnel can reach the victims’ bodies, Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell told the Associated Press.

The twin-engine Beechcraft lost power in one of its engines during takeoff Thursday morning before crashing into the building, according to the FAA. Its pilot, Mark Goldstein, was killed.

“I need to declare an emergency. We just lost the left engine,” Goldstein told air traffic controllers before the crash.


PHOTO: A small twin engine plane hit a building after losing power in one of its engines soon after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 30, 2014.

The three others killed haven’t been identified. Five people were hospitalized, including one person in serious condition.

About 100 people were inside the building, which houses Cessna Citation Jet Simulators, when the plane crashed.

“We were on a conference call and the building just kind of shook and rumbled,” said Ryan Peterman, who works inside the building. “We saw the fuselage of the aircraft on top of the building on fire.”

PHOTO: Jaison Podkanowicz posted this photo to Twitter on Oct. 30, 2014 from Mid Continent Airport, Wichita, Kansas with the caption, plane crashes into building at Mid Continent Airport.

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PHOTO: Jaison Podkanowicz posted this photo to Twitter on Oct. 30, 2014 from Mid Continent Airport, Wichita, Kansas with the caption, “plane crashes into building at Mid Continent Airport”.

Goldstein, who served in the U.S. Navy before joining the FAA in 1987, twice earned the top safety award for his region, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. He had recently retired as an air traffic controller.

“I knew the air traffic control people would know if it was him and sure enough, they knew his voice,” said Ron Ryan, a friend of Goldstein.

A 2005 bio provided to ABC News described Goldstein as someone who has “an extensive background in aviation and is considered to be a conscientious controller.” He also volunteered as a youth hockey coach.

ABC News’ Matt Hosford, Meghan Keneally and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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PHOTO: Two-year-old Lee Beal gets ready to celebrate a food allergy free Halloween.

Halloween isn’t what it used to be.

Parents worry today about sugar and calorie counts in candy, and many don’t know their neighbors — so forget trick-or-treating. Halloween costumes seem to get sexier and more expensive every year, but at the same time, many schools ban dressing up on Oct. 31.

Here’s how else Halloween has changed in the past decade:

Before: Trick-or-Treating at the Neighbors’

Now: Trick-or-Treating on Main Street

Years ago, kids wandered the neighborhood knocking on doors and filling plastic pumpkins with sour candies and miniature chocolate bars. Now, many parents are uneasy about letting their children go door-to-door, and prefer to go trick-or-treating at local stores and businesses.

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PHOTO: Two-year-old Lee Beal gets ready to celebrate a food allergy free Halloween.

Before: Sugar Highs All Around

Now: Got Allergies? No Problem.

Speaking of trick-or-treating, there might be fewer sugary sweets to go around this year. If you do still go door-to-door, keep your eyes peeled for teal-colored pumpkins. Those houses have planned ahead for kids with allergies, and stocked up on small toys to give to kids with allergies, instead of candy.

Health-conscious parents have also started to consider more nutritious treats for trick-or-treaters to avoid kids overdoing it on the sugar and calories.

Before: Sexy Halloween Costumes

Now: Sexy Halloween Costumes … For Kids

Halloween has long been a holiday to get creative when it comes to what you wear, and oftentimes that involves attire you probably wouldn’t wear to the office.

But in recent years, the sexy costume trend has drifted into the kids’ aisle, and more tots and tweens are dressing up as sexy cats or scantily-dressed superheroes.

PHOTO: Maggie Ryan, 13, left, and Meredith Sullivan, 13, right, shop for Halloween costumes in this file photo.

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PHOTO: Maggie Ryan, 13, left, and Meredith Sullivan, 13, right, shop for Halloween costumes in this file photo.

Before: We Called October 31 Halloween

Now: Schools Rename Holiday ‘Character Day’

Or “Pajama Day” or “Costume Day” or “Orange and Black Day,” depending on where you live. And some schools don’t even allow kids to dress up, claiming the costumes are a distraction.

Before: Carving Pumpkins

After: Painting Pumpkins

Hey, it’s safer. Speaking of safety concerns, remember bobbing for apples? That also doesn’t happen as much anymore, but when it does, parents will change out the water between kids.

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PHOTO: Pennsylvania cop shooting suspect Eric Frein in 2009.


A self-trained survivalist awaits his arraignment inside the same barracks he’s accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers last month, killing one and seriously wounding another.

U.S. Marshals captured Eric Frein outside an abandoned hanger at Birchwood-Pocono Airport near Tannersville, Pa., about 6 p.m. Thursday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said during a news conference. He wasn’t armed when he was caught and knelt when the marshals approached.

“He was definitely taken by surprise,” Noonan said.

Frein, 31, was then shackled in the handcuffs of Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who was killed in the September 12th shooting at the barracks in Blooming Grove, and driven there in the late officer’s police vehicle, said Noonan.

A woman told the Scranton Times Tribune that Frein looked exhausted as he was led out of the woods by marshals. Outside of a cut he had suffered before he was taken into custody, Frein appeared to be in good health, said Noonan.

For weeks, several thousand members of various departments in at least five states spent countless hours looking for Frein, who had been on the run since the shooting.

“Eric Frein was dedicated to killing law enforcement members,” said Noonan. “I can’t think of a more dangerous occupation than going out into those woods and looking for him.”

Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin said he plans to seek the death penalty against Frein, who is charged with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder and possession of weapons of mass destruction.

First-degree murder and homicide of a law enforcement officer are both capital offenses. He was expected to be arraigned on Friday and may face more charges.

Frein had eluded authorities since he allegedly killed Dickson, 38, and injured Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, during a late-night shift change at the barracks.

At times, 1,000 officers searched the rugged mountains for Frein, who police said had planned his attack and hiding for years. The lives of residents in the area were disrupted by the manhunt, including school closings and event cancellations.

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PHOTO: Pennsylvania cop shooting suspect Eric Frein in 2009.

Frein, from nearby Canadensis, was seen several times during the search.

“The reason this took so long is it’s such a big wooded area that he is thoroughly familiar with,” said Noonan.

Police previously found two pipe bombs, an AK-47, ammunition and various food and supplies hidden in the woods while searching for Frein. Police haven’t said whether they found the sniper rifle they believe he used in the ambush.

Frein was linked to the shooting after a man discovered his partly submerged SUV in a swamp a few miles from the barracks. Inside, investigators found shell casings matching those found at the barracks as well as his driver’s license, camouflage face paint, two empty rifle cases and military gear.

Authorities later found notes in the woods, allegedly penned by Frein, which offered a “cold-blooded” and “chilling” account of the ambush and his escape into the woods.

PHOTO: Eric Frein is shown in this undated file photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.

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PHOTO: Eric Frein is shown in this undated file photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.

“Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick,” State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a news conference on Oct. 8, reading from the note police believe Frein wrote. “I took a follow-up shot on his head-neck area. He was still and quiet after that.”

Frein’s criminal record appeared limited to a decade-old misdemeanor case involving items stolen from a World War II re-enactors event in upstate New York, for which he spent 109 days in jail.

A man and a woman believed to be Frein’s parents, reached separately by telephone on Thursday, declined to comment to the Associated Press.

ABC News’ Aaron Katersky, Jack Date, Pierre Thomas and the Associated Press contributed to this story.

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When Chris and Jenny Nugent brought their dream home in Indiana, they never imagined they would need to have it tested for meth contamination.

When Chris and Jenny Nugent bought their dream home in Indiana, they made sure to get the house inspected for mold and damaged pipes.

But they never imagined they would also need to have the house tested for meth contamination.

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The Nugents said they used their life savings to take out a mortgage on the $144,000 cheery-looking home nestled on an acre of land in the quiet suburbs, enough room for them, their two young daughters and infant son. But after they moved in, they said everyone in the house started feeling ill.

“They were sick every week,” Jenny Nugent said. “They would wake up. Throw up. Have digestive issues and then by noon, 1 o’clock start to feel better.”

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When Chris and Jenny Nugent brought their dream home in Indiana, they never imagined they would need to have it tested for meth contamination.

The Nugents said their daughters were missing school, the baby wasn’t sleeping through the night, and even the family dog became ill and had to be put down. Jenny Nugent also said she noticed strange metallic smells around the house, especially in the kitchen.

“It smelled like a handful of change,” she said.

Jenny Nugent said a neighbor finally cracked the mystery, telling her she suspected the previous owner had cooked meth in the house. Nugent immediately got her home tested — a simple procedure that costs $50.

“I am so grateful that we were fortunate enough to have really good neighbors,” she said. “If it were not for them, we may have not known until one of our kids ended up in the hospital.”

After two tests, the results were horrifying. The Nugents said the downstairs floor had methamphetamine levels nearly 18 times higher than what’s considered legally safe, including the room where baby Mason had been sleeping for 10 months.

The family immediately moved out and eventually ending up in an apartment, but they said they felt forced to throw away most of their belongings for fear of contamination.

“Those test results came back, I remember that night we just pulled up in the driveway and were like, ‘we’re never going back in there other than to get our clothes,’ and we haven’t,” Chris Nugent said.

For Jenny, returning to the house is painful. She says she feels like she can’t even go inside without wearing protective gear.

“It feels like a death happened, to be honest,” she said. “That’s how it feels to my husband and I.”

When methamphetamine is smoked or cooked inside a home, invisible molecules of the drug sink into the carpet, walls and everywhere else, experts said. The meth residue is then inhaled or ingested, even absorbed through the skin. Exposure can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea and vomiting, according to the National Institute of Health.

To be able to re-sell the house and recoup their savings, the Nugents had to hire a professional cleaning team, Crisis Cleaning, who handle meth decontamination, something most home insurance doesn’t cover.

“That’s something that’s happening even more than what I’ve ever seen before since I started doing this the last five years,” said Crisis Cleaning’s Donetta Held.

To decontaminate the Nugents house, the Crisis Cleaners cut out all the carpets, gave the house a professional vacuuming and then gassed it with a mix of potent chemicals that the cleaners say neutralize the meth particles. One pass-through is often not enough, sometimes they must de-contaminate a room several times. All in, the cost to clean the Nugents’ home is expected to be about $10,000.

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