Foul play ruled out in deaths of mother and son

EVERETT — Detectives have ruled out foul play in the deaths of a woman and her adult son whose bodies were found in their south Everett apartment in August.

There was no evidence of a crime in the deaths of Sandra Lee Williams, 50, and Spencer Lee Williams, 25, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said Tuesday.

Investigators were awaiting the autopsy results before they began closing out the case, Snell said.

Sandra Williams ultimately died from heart problems, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said this week.

Spencer Williams’ death was ruled a suicide. He overdosed on a combination of alcohol and medications used to treat depression and anxiety.

The pair had tried to commit suicide together a few months before.

Spencer Williams was charged in July with first-degree arson after allegedly trying to set his apartment on fire on April 16. Firefighters found the pair inside the apartment and rushed them to a hospital.

Police later determined the fire was part of an apparent failed suicide pact between the two that involved mixing Valium and alcohol.

On Aug. 6, police were called for a welfare check at a different apartment in the 9000 block of West Mall Drive. Spencer and Sandra Williams were found dead inside.

Both the Medical Examiner’s Office and Everett police this week declined to share further details about what they believe happened inside the apartment.

“There were no external factors involved,” Snell said. “It appeared there were medical issues, suicide and medical issues, and at this point in time, the case is no longer active.”

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