A pregnant mum and her two young sons have been found dead from an apparent carbon monoxide leak inside a camper vehicle at a motocross track.
The McPherson County Sheriff’s Office discovered the remains of three individuals in a camper at an Inman motocross track in the US State of Kansas on 16th September.
A GoFundMe campaign started by relatives of a surviving family member apparently named them as Felecia Richey and sons Tison and Bentley.
But authorities have not disclosed the names of the victims, although it appears that the family father and another child aged three survived.
The online fundraiser reads: “Today we received news that our dear family friend Jason Richey lost his wife and two children suddenly to carbon monoxide poisoning this morning.
“Jason and Felicia were also expecting a new little one. We are asking for your prayers, support, and love as he and his three-year-old son navigate through this devastating time.”
The GoFundMe aims to raise money to help cover funeral costs and Jason’s time away from work to grieve.
As of Tuesday, the GoFundMe had raised nearly USD 40,000 after setting a USD 30,000 goal.
An apparent neighbour of the family named Cruz Sanchez shared the news of the incident in a Facebook post, adding: “This is extremely devastating, I grew up right next door to this family for almost 10 years.
“They were the sweetest boys and Felecia Faye Richey was the sweetest and kindest mother.
“May her and her boys rest in peace. Prayers to the family as well.”
Inman Motocross, which hosted the Kansas Motocross Championship Series, delayed the eighth round of the event upon receiving the news of their death.
Inman Motocross said in a 16th September social media post: “As many know, there was a tragedy here today [Sat].
“Round 8 of Kansas Motocross Championship Series will wait until another day.
“Today we hug our loved ones extra tight and say I love you an extra time.
“Our heart goes out the family as they work through this time. Thank you everyone for your understanding at this time and patience.”
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless and odourless gas detected in exhaust fumes that can be lethal. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness and confusion.
The cause of death is under investigation.