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Preliminary autopsy results confirm Dedham caregiver died by suicide

The state medical examiner’s office on Wednesday released preliminary results of autopsies conducted on a man with special needs and his caregiver at a Dedham residential facilties, whose bodies were found in two local hotels.

Mary E. MacKinnon, 74, died of suicide by asphyxia, the Norfolk dististrict attorney’s office said in a statement.

But the cause and manner of death for Jeffrey Goldestein, 41, is still unknown, pending toxicology test results, the statement said.

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There were no signs of trauma on his body, the statement said.

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MacKinnon was Goldstein’s caregiver at a group home operated by Venture Community Services. The two were last seen on Monday when they left the facility for a medical appointment, officials said.

Their bodies were discovered later that day at two different Holiday Inn hotels. Goldstein’s body was found at a hotel in Dedham, while MacKinnon’s was found at a location in Norwood.

Authorities are investigating the deaths.

Jackson Cote can be reached at jackson.cote@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.