Police: Murder-suicide at Tacoma home where bodies found

Police: Murder-suicide at Tacoma home where bodies found »Play Video
Photo shows the home where the two bodies were found in an upstairs bathroom.
TACOMA, Wash. - Police said it appears two bodies found Wednesday in a north Tacoma home were the result of a murder-suicide between a man and a woman who are related.

The remains were found Wednesday afternoon in the home in the 3900 block of N. 30th St. after co-workers called police to report that the woman had failed to report to work for several days.

After collecting evidence at the scene, detectives now believe that the man killed the woman before taking his own life, said Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum.

Their bodies were found in an upstairs bathroom of the home.

Investigators still aren't sure exactly when the killings took place, and the names of the man and woman were not immediately released.

But shocked neighbors told KOMO News that the female victim had lived there at the home with her son. They say nobody has seen or heard from either of them for a few days, and no one suspected anything, either.

"This is a very peaceful neighborhood, with lots of families and older people, and we don't have murders," said Kathy McGoldrick, who lives nearby.

Police say the woman's co-workers at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup asked them to check on her after she failed to show up for work.

One of those co-workers came to the house Thursday to leave flowers on the porch.

A neighbor, Tim Kelly, says the woman worked at the hospital as nurse, and her son just returned home after studying law at Cambridge University in Great Britain.

Kelly says he just saw the son mowing the lawn last week.

He said the mother and son kept to themselves and rarely talked with anyone - but a murder-suicide is the last thing anyone would have expected.

"Nobody knows what happens behind those closed doors," McGoldrick said.

Police would say nothing about a possible motive for the killings, nor would they disclose the cause of death.