Two Fatalities Under Investigation In Fayette County

The Fayette County Coroner’s office is investigating the death of 47-year-old Matthew Austin, who was found dead in his pick-up truck by a family member Saturday night around 9:30 p.m. on Cumberland Road in St. Elmo. Authorities report that Austin died of a single gun shot wound. The death remains under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, but further details have not yet been released.

44-year-old Cassandra Pollard of Effingham was found dead in the home of a rural Vandalia friend Saturday morning around 9:00 a.m. Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reports that Pollard had been visiting the home since Friday.  Pollard was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Bowen. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. The death remains under investigation an no other information has been released.