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Carbon monoxide from car left running 20 hours in garage kills Wyckoff woman

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An 82-year-old Wyckoff woman’s son found her dead, the apparent victim of carbon monoxide from a car left running in a garage nearly 20 hours.

Steven Ringley went to the Covington Place house around 12:20 this afternoon after his mother, Mary J. Ringley, didn’t answer phone calls, Police C hief Benjamin Fox said.

He “entered the house through the closed garage door [and] found her car running inside,” the chief said.

Ringley told police he went into the house and found his mother on the floor of a bedroom above the garage.

Wyckoff firefighters found carbon monoxide levels above 1000 parts per million — more than 28 times the level considered toxic, Fox said. There were no carbon monoxide detectors in the home, he said.

Fox said Mrs. Ringley arrived home around 4 o’clock yesterday and apparently lef the car running.

The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office is participating in an investigation to determine an official cause of death, the chief said.

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