Questions concerning the Jan. 7 discovery of two dead bodies inside an RV at the Dent County Commons will linger for at least as long as autopsy results are pending, if not longer.
Officials with the Dent County Coroner’s Office and Dent County Sheriff’s Office reported details and a timeline of what’s confirmed in the case during recent interviews with The Salem News. They said the case remains open and some information is not yet ready for release. Additional developments are pending the conclusion of pathology reports from the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office.
What authorities can confirm is Dale Gabrovic, 61, arrived at the Dent County Commons the night of Jan. 6 operating a Chevrolet motorhome with a Jeep in tow and requesting to stay at the facility. He was subsequently permitted to park at a lot and told payment would be expected the following morning.
Come daybreak Jan. 7, staff at the Dent County Commons approached the lot and found a hose connecting the RV’s tailpipe exhaust into the interior of the vehicle. Sheriff deputies responded and found the RV locked and subjects inside unresponsive. Entry was subsequently made by way of a window. Thick fumes had to be vented from the vehicle’s cabin before officials could enter.
Inside the RV, investigators found Dale Gabrovic dead and lying on his back with a hand-written suicide note nearby. While investigating the scene, the body of Judith Gabrovic, 72, was discovered wrapped up in bedding and lying next to her deceased husband. Her remains were in an advanced state of decay indicating she’d been dead for several weeks.
Dent County Deputy Coroner Ben Pursifull is assigned to the case and provided the latest updates Monday. Pursifull reports Dale and Judith Gabrovic had been married less than four months and were wed in Galveston, Texas, Oct. 19, 2019. The couple’s mailing address is listed in South Dakota. The two are most recently known to have been living in North Carolina.
Pursifull reports an official cause of death for both subjects are currently pending toxicology reports from the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office. He said based on the opinion of a forensic anthropologist Judith Gabrovic’s death occurred three to six weeks prior to Dale Gabrovic’s death on Jan. 7.
Pursifull said additional details will be reported as developments unfold. As to explaining the case’s circumstances, Pursifull said investigators are working to collect and confirm as much information as possible to provide an answer.
“This is a very unique case and it has created a very unique set of difficulties which must be overcome,” Pursifull concludes.