PD: Radio host Bill Heywood, wife 'planned their deaths'


by Stacey Delikat and Catherine Holland


Posted on January 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 5 at 2:07 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Well-known Phoenix radio personality Bill Heywood and his wife, Susan, were found dead in a Scottsdale hotel room Wednesday.

Scottsdale police said the couple's bodies were discovered by a maid at the Homewood Suites on Scottsdale Road just before 1 p.m.

Sgt. Mark Clark of the Scottsdale Police Department say the housekeeper found a note on the bedroom door saying there were "two suicides" inside.

When police went inside, they found the Heywoods. Each had a gunshot wound to the head. Clark said two handguns were found in close proximity to the bodies.

Hotel staff told officers that the couple had checked at at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The deaths remain under investigation, but police are said they are not searching for any suspects in the case.

"Evidence at the scene, and at their home in Phoenix, indicates that they had planned their deaths," Clark said in an email to local media outlets Thursday morning. "Over the next few days and weeks, detectives will be working with the medical examiner's office to determine the exact cause and manner of death. Until that time, police are not classifying this as anything other than a death investigation."

According to court records, the Heywoods had suffered some financial hardships in recent years.

Heywood worked in radio for 45 years at KOY, KTAR and KFYI.

He left radio in 2005 to focus on real estate but remained very active in the community, frequently emceeing events.

His wife, Susan, founded an animal charity in the '90s.