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Elderly sisters found dead in Whitehall home

One died from fall, one from natural causes

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Two elderly sisters were found dead in their home in Whitehall Township, and the coroner said both had been dead for weeks.

Officials responded to the home in the 3100 block of South Front Street Monday for a welfare check.

Elizabeth Kocis, 79, and Evelyn Kocis, 86, were found dead in the home, according to the coroner's office.

Elizabeth died accidentally from injuries due to a fall. said Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim. He said she could have died as early as May 1.

Evelyn died from natural causes, officials said. She also died several weeks ago, Grim said.

The home appeared unkempt, with overgrown grass and bushes.

Neighbors called police to check on the women.

Pam Bechtel is the executive director for Meals on Wheels Lehigh County, and said people in the neighborhood did the right thing by calling someone to check to see what happened.

"Just to go over and knock on the door and say are you okay we haven't seen you or do you need some help," she said.

Bechtel said many of the clients they deliver meals to don't get many visitors, so the fact the women were there for weeks is not surprising.

"Even with our clients who we go see Monday through Friday and check on them 69 percent of our clients say the volunteers are the only person they see all day," she said.

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