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Inspection reveals faulty car exhaust system after deaths of Drayton Valley teens

Shaina Ridenour, 16, and her boyfriend Gage Bogart, 17, were found unconscious in a vehicle in Drayton Valley on Dec. 21. Global News

Editor’s note: This story originally stated that Ridenour and Bogart were dating. However, Global News has confirmed they were not a couple. 

A “faulty exhaust system component” may have caused exhaust to enter the idling vehicle where two Drayton Valley teens were found unconscious last week, Alberta RCMP said Thursday.

Shaina Ridenour, 16, was found with Gage Bogart, 17, at around 3:30 a.m. Dec. 21. Ridenour was pronounced dead at the hospital. Bogart, who was in the driver’s seat, was taken to hospital in Edmonton in critical condition and died late on Christmas Day.

READ MORE: Second Alberta teen dies after being found unconscious in idling car

RCMP said there was a strong odour of exhaust fumes in the vehicle. Foul play was not suspected.

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Drive Gage Bogart died in an Edmonton hospital late on Christmas Day. CREDIT: Instagram
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Friends and family are mourning the loss of Shaina Ridenour. At around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, RCMP officers patrolling the perimeter of a building in Drayton Valley noticed a parked vehicle with the engine running. Ridenour and a 17-year-old boy were found unconscious inside. CREDIT: Facebook

A mechanical inspection Wednesday found “that a faulty exhaust system component may have caused exhaust to enter into the vehicle cabin,” RCMP said in a media release Thursday.

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“It is unknown whether or not this was an existing problem or a recent occurrence.”

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Alberta RCMP said the investigation into the teens’ deaths is now complete.

“Our thoughts continue to be with the community of Drayton Valley and the involved families during this difficult time,” RCMP said.

Drayton Valley is about 140 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.

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