PD: Man, woman dead in apparent murder-suicide

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Detectives are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide in North Phoenix.

This goes back to 7 p.m. Wednesday when police responded to a fight call at a mobile home in the neighborhood of 26th Street and Morrow Drive, which is north of Union Hills Drive.

According to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department, a man went to check on his brother's girlfriend and son, both of whom live in the trailer. The man discovered a woman's body and called 911, believing her death to be result of a fight.

Martos said once investigators obtained a warrant allowing them into the home, they discovered a second body, that of a man.

Investigators have not released any details about either of the deceased, saying only that the woman was 56 and the man was 53. Detectives believe the woman was the girlfriend of the homeowner, who has been in the hospital for more than a month. They have not said anything about the man or how he and woman are connected.

It's not clear if neighbors saw or heard anything unusual nor is it known exactly when the two died.

Investigators have not yet pieced together what happened inside that mobile home Monday evening, but they have a working theory.

"Investigators believe this to be a murder/suicide situation," Martos said in an e-mail.

Officers spent the night and early morning hours processing the scene, taking photos from every possible angle and collecting evidence. They finally starting to wrap things up some 11 hours after the initial call. A crime-tech cleaning van arrived at 6 a.m. to deal with the aftermath of Wednesday night's incident.

Martos said expected to release more information once officers had talked to the victims' next of kin.