A MOTHER and her toddler twins were living in their car before they were discovered dead in it this week, according to her family.
As police investigate the death of Andrea Langhorst, 35, her father believes drugs may have played a role.
On March 20, Melbourne, Florida police were dispatched to investigate reports of a suspicious vehicle.
When investigators opened the vehicle, they discovered the decomposing bodies of Andrea Langhorst and her two 3-year-old children.
Authorities stated that Langhorst and her children occasionally lived out of their vehicle and were currently residing in the Cadillac.
According to an interview with Florida Today, Langhorst’s father also revealed that she had been living in AirBnBs to stay off the radar while the three-year-olds’ father is in prison.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, as investigators investigate whether or not foul play was involved.
They’re also using the autopsy to figure out when Langhorst died, because it’s unclear who died first, Langhorst or her children.
To detect any substances, detectives are also obtaining a blood toxicology report.
According to Melbourne police, it is unknown how long the bodies had been decomposing in the vehicle.
Randy Langhorst, Langhorst’s father, told Florida Today that the news has devastated his family.
He hadn’t talked to his daughter since March 11, which was unusual for him. He had already filed a missing person report with Florida authorities.
“We had been looking for her but had not heard from her. That was out of character for her “He stated. “We wouldn’t be in contact with her on a daily basis, but this was for a while. She was a free spirit, as sharp as a whip, and stunning, but she marched to the beat of her own drummer. It’s simply a tragedy.”
Langhorst’s father also stated that he believes drugs played a role in his daughter’s death.
Andrea had previously been arrested on drug charges and had served time in drug court. In 2010, she was imprisoned for 25 days for oxycodone possession.
Langhorst’s father also told Florida Today that his daughter had been in good spirits recently and that he had no reason to be concerned about her or his grandchildren’s well-being.
Andrea and her children’s father is currently incarcerated in Florida, awaiting trial on unrelated charges.
“Her pride and joy were the twins. All I can think is that maybe…maybe she fell asleep in the car because it was running, or maybe the fumes overwhelmed them. I’m not sure, “According to Langhorst’s father.
When the autopsy and toxicology reports will be released to the public is unknown.