Engineering Expert On Carbon Monoxide Deaths

FurnaceAn expert witness for prosecutors in the carbon monoxide deaths of Parker and Caroline Lofgren of Denver and their two children, Sophie, 8, and Owen, 10, told investigators that whoever installed the boiler exhaust pipes in the home where a family died was “reckless” because of the poor quality of the work, according to a police report.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office enlisted the services of Mark Passamaneck of Entropy Engineering Corp. of Wheatridge in December 2008 to examine the boiler system in the house at 10 Popcorn Lane, just east of Aspen’s city limit. He was recommended to the sheriff’s office by Source Gas as a third-party expert. Entropy Engineering’s website said the firm provides forensic expert witness, reconstruction and analysis of issues involved in engineering.

Passamaneck examined the utility room in the house with Deputy Brad Gibson on Dec. 4, 2008, and reported “that he found several items there were irregular,” Gibson’s report said.  “He told me at one point the home’s mechanical system was ‘all jacked up,’” the report said. “Passamaneck said the exhaust pipe for the Munchkin boiler had come apart, thereby putting carbon monoxide into the utility room. Passamaneck said there appeared to be some type of glue on the end of the exhaust pipe; however, he said it was not glue for PVC pipe.”

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