Two unexpected nursing home deaths in hands of homicide cops

HOMICIDE Squad detectives are investigating the suspicious deaths of two women on the same day this month at Ballina's St Andrews Village nursing home.

The women, aged 77 and 82, were found unconscious in their beds just before noon on Saturday, May 10.

An investigation was launched due to the "unexpected nature of both deaths".

St Andrews chief executive Pip Carter confirmed an investigation was under way involving Ballina detectives and the Homicide Squad.

"This is a police investigation in relation to two deaths at the nursing home," he said.

Mr Carter said any further comment must come from the police.

A New South Wales State Crime Command spokesman said detectives from the Homicide Squad and Richmond Local Area Command were undertaking an investigation into the unexpected deaths of two elderly women at a nursing home in Ballina this month.

"On Saturday, May 10, police and emergency services were called to the nursing home after two female residents - a 77-year-old and an 82-year-old - were found by nursing home staff unconscious in their beds," the spokesman said.

"Both women were pronounced dead prior to the arrival of emergency services.

"Given the unexpected nature of both deaths, police are conducting an investigation on behalf of the Coroner."

Anyone with any information that may be relevant to the police investigation is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.