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UPDATED: Deaths in North End Tacoma believed to be homicide-suicide

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 2, 2011 at 8:36 am |
June 2, 2011 1:17 pm

UPDATE:

Tacoma police are investigating the deaths of two people found inside a North End Tacoma  as a homicide-suicide, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said this afternoon.

It appears the man killed the woman, then himself. Fulghum said the two victims are related but declined to be more specific because their next of kin had not yet been notified.

A motive for the homicide-suicide was not known. The cause of their deaths also has not been released.

“(The detectives) are trying to establish what took place,” Fulghum said.

Fulghum said detectives were waiting for toxicology results from the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office to see if alcohol or drugs contributed to what happened.

ORIGINAL POST:

The investigation is continuing today into the deaths of a man and woman found Wednesday afternoon inside a North End home.

As of this morning, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office had not released the names of the man and woman because their families had not been notified. Autopsies were planned today to figure out what led to their deaths.

Tacoma police officers were called to the home in the 3900 block of North 30th Street after the woman’s concerned coworkers asked that officers check on her welfare. The woman hadn’t been at work in several days, police reported.

Officers found the woman, believed to be in her 50s, and a young man dead in the home.

Tacoma police were working to figure out the relationship of the two and what caused their deaths. They have said there is no danger to the public.

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