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Benton County Coroner: New Information to Be Released on Austin Children's Deaths this Summer

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Months after the tragedy, NBC Right Now is still getting lots of questions about a story that rocked the community this summer. Months after the tragedy, NBC Right Now is still getting lots of questions about a story that rocked the community this summer.
KENNEWICK, WA - Months after the tragedy, NBC Right Now is still getting lots of questions about a story that rocked the community this summer.

16 year-old Kate Austin and 12 year-old Ethan Austin were found dead in Kate's bedroom last June. 

Since then, the crime lab has taken over the case and police have not released much information.

Ethan's biological dad and Kate's step-dad Andrew Austin, found the two kids shot to death in their home on June 9th.

Wednesday, NBC Right Now spoke with Benton County Coroner John Hansens and he tells us he now has more details into this investigating.

He says he is working with the Kennewick Police Department, the prosecutor's office as well as the family on a press release.

He is now waiting to hear back from all of them and hoping to send out the release by Wednesday evening but most likely Thursday.

The latest information released on this case said neither of the kids had drugs or alcohol in their systems when they died and that Ethan Austin died of a single gunshot wound to the head while Kate suffered gun shots to the head and torso.

We do not know what the coroner will release or exactly when but we will make sure to let you know once we get more information.

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