BOSTON (CBS) – A woman was found dead in an apparent suicide due to cyanide poising in her Brighton home on Tuesday.

A man found his 72-year-old wife unconscious in their Lake Shore Road home and two open bottles of cyanide on a table nearby.

Sources told WBZ-TV the woman, a research associate at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, left behind a suicide note indicating the presence of a chemical that would turn out to be cyanide.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

“It was powder form, they were doing CPR so it could have been some particles flying up in the air as they were doing chest compressions,” said Deputy Chief Steve Dunbar.

Investigators believe her position may have given her access to the poison.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

“It appears during the course of employment she would have had access to the chemical,” said superintendent-in-chief Dan Linsky.

Twelve people, including officers, firefighters, and civilians, were transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as a precaution. They were later released, but not before the emergency room was placed into Code Black for a short time.

See: Cyanide Info From CDC

Vadim Grisgam, a neighbor, just saw the woman and her husband a few days ago.

“They got in the car to go, I believe, for a walk somewhere. It was all very peaceful and nice,” said Grisgam.

Cookie Weinstin, meanwhile, lives across the hall from the victim.

“It was disconcerting. I found out who it was, I was surprised. She was a lovely, lovely woman,” said Weinstein.

Crews said the cyanide scare is of no threat to the general public.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano contributed to this report.

Comments (4)
  1. Natalie Rosen says:

    I do NOT understand this story. The news is incomplete. Was this suicide????

    Why does someone do this if not suicide or WORSE!

  2. Natalie Rosen says:

    I think the local news did a very bad job initially with this story. This seems important and what are the reasons anyone would do this? Was she sick or mentally ill Since this is a haz mat story I would think the coverage would be infinitely more complete or at least continuing. Disturbing!

  3. Cyanide says:

    The last line says it all…”The Cyanide is no threat to the public”.. So why does the media try to create a Hysteria?.

  4. Cynic says:

    We eat Cyanide every day.. It is used to prevent caking in Salt.

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