Sheriff awaits autopsy results in mysterious deaths of couple on I-4 in DeLand

DELAND, Fla. — Volusia County authorities are trying to figure out the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a husband and wife who were found outside their SUV on I-4 in DeLand while their three children were unharmed inside the vehicle.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said authorities are relying on autopsy results.

Heather Kelsey, 30, and her husband, Daniel Kelsey, 32, of Ormond Beach were found dead Saturday when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted hazard lights on the couple’s SUV, authorities said.

“Right now, it's in the hands of the medical examiner. We have everything we have, but to determine the cause of death is what we are waiting for, and we are expecting to get that in the next day or two," Chitwood said.

The couple’s three children, ranging in age from 8 months to 4 years old, were found in the SUV.

Investigators said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Chitwood said the couple had a history of drug use, but Channel 9 did not find any arrest information in Volusia County.

“At first glance, the investigators feel it was an overdose based on what they see,” Chitwood said.

Family and friends described them as a loving and happy couple.

"It boggles me. I'm blown away by it. I don't want to believe it. We were real close," said friend Leigh Meekins.

The sheriff said the children are staying with family.

Chitwood said.