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Brothers killed by snake died from asphyxiation, Campbellton, N.B.


Preliminary results from the autopsies performed on two Campbellton boys who were killed by an African rock python on August 5, 2013, show they died from asphyxiation.

A pathologist completed autopsies on four-year-old Noah Barthe and six-year-old Connor Barthe on August 6.

"While we now have some preliminary information, investigators still have to wait for other test results to come back and for the final report," says Sgt. Alain Tremblay, of the New Brunswick RCMP. "We recognize that this has touched the hearts of people across the world and that people want to know how this could have happened. Our investigators are looking at all aspects of this tragic incident, and that will take some time."

Police also have some information from the necropsy done on the snake. It appears the snake was overall in good health, although the final report will take time to come back. The remains of the snake are still with a provincial veterinarian and will be destroyed.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Sgt. Alain Tremblay
New Brunswick RCMP

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