“Take my breath away.” It may have been the love theme song to Top Gun, but it was never supposed to be an instruction.
Keith Payton, and Salina Johnson, both 40 years old, wanted to get away from the world for a bit of personal time. The couple snuck off to a garage owned by Payton’s brother. They parked their car in the enclosed garage and, because it was cold, left the engine running and even used a kerosene heater for extra warmth.
It was a fatal mistake.
The natives of Allenwood and Williamsport Pennsylvania were discovered after an individual was sent by Payton’s brother to try and locate him. Payton had been running an errand for his brother on Thursday but their bodies were not discovered until Sunday around 9:30 p.m.
Police say that both the car and the heater had run out of fuel, Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found at the scene and that Johnson was partially clothed. Speaking to Pennlive.com, County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. confirmed that while they were confirmed dead at 10:45 p.m., they had died sometime earlier from carbon monoxide poisoning.