Deaths in Clinton mobile home explosion ruled suicides

CLINTON — Officials said the couple that died as a result of a Thursday morning house explosion in Clinton committed suicide.

The criminal investigation into the explosion  determined that both victims “were suffering from very serious medical and health issues and recently had become very depressed.”

They were injured in an explosion in the early morning hours of Sept. 21. They both died at the hospital.

Candace Hinkley, 61, passed away Saturday at Bridgeport Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the house explosion according to officials.

Prior to succumbing to her injuries, Candace made a statement to a Clinton Police Detective. The pair had previously planned to kill themselves together and that her husband had been manipulating the gas fire fireplace a day prior in an attempt to asphyxiate the couple.

Leo Hinkley, 64,  died Friday from injuries he sustained in the same explosion.

The call came in around 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning at unit #11 at the Evergreen Springs trailer park.

Pieces of the mobile home were scattered all over the area. The explosion damaged nearby homes and was heard for miles around.