A Florida sheriff made a statement saying the ‘face-eating’ teenage Austin Harrouff may have taken his pants off before possibly drinking ‘caustic’ chemicals inside the garage of the couple he allegedly killed ] after taking the drug known as flakka – or bath salts.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told news outlets that were present that the 19-year-old remains in critical yet stable condition at a West Palm Beach hospital a week after the attack that killed John Stevens, 59, and Michelle Mishcon, 53, outside their home.
Snyder said the teen will be arrested on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder once he is released from the hospital.
‘It’s a typical garage, so there were solvents,’said Snyder.
“There were things he could have consumed and that first night at the hospital, the hospital speculated based on what they were seeing in his body fluids, that perhaps he had ingested something caustic from the garage.”
It’s not yet clear if the teen drank the chemicals to harm himself or to swallow fluids because he was thirsty. The sheriff confirmed that Harrouff was not wearing any pants during the attack and a pair of shorts similar to what the teen was seen wearing before the assault was found about a mile away from the crime scene by a CBS12 news team.
The FBI is running tests to determine whether he was under the influence of either bath salts or a drug called flakka. The Sheriff explained the toxicology reports will provide ‘a big piece of the unknown.’
The 19-year-old Florida State University sophomore is still too sick to be interviewed by authorities about the terrible incident that occurred.
Authorities have been patiently waiting for him to recover so they can finally try to find out what made the college student do what he did that night.