Man sought in Phoenix double homicide found dead

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities said a man wanted for questioning in the killings of a woman and her teenage daughter has been found dead at a Phoenix Hotel.

Phoenix police said it appears 41-year-old Michael J. Blanco shot himself. He was found dead Tuesday afternoon inside a room at the Knights Inn off the Black Canyon Highway. Police said they found a gun at the scene.

Blanco had barricaded himself inside the hotel room by stacking a television and some furniture up against the door, according to police.

Investigators said Blanco did not leave a note or anything else behind which would explain the reason for the murders and his suicide.

"I don't know if he was on drugs. I don't know the reason. I don't know the motive behind what happened. I'm not sure we're ever going to know what the motive behind this was now," said Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.

Police suspect Blanco checked himself into the hotel on Monday afternoon at about the time the bodies of his girlfriend and her teenage daughter were discovered in their home by a family member.

Police said a family member discovered the bodies of 42-year-old Christina Wilson and her 14-year-old daughter Vanessa Wilson on Monday at a Phoenix home.

They said there was no sign of forced entry to the home and multiple weapons were found inside.

Police said Blanco was Christina Wilson's live-in boyfriend and was a "person of interest" in the case, but hadn't been seen for several days.

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