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Police say dead bodies at Bonner Springs hotel likely a case of murder-suicide

Police were on the scene at the Bonner Springs Holiday Inn Thursday after two dead bodies were found in one of the hotel's rooms.

Police were on the scene at the Bonner Springs Holiday Inn Thursday after two dead bodies were found in one of the hotel's rooms.

July 11, 2013, 3:09 p.m.

Updated: July 12, 2013, 12:02 p.m.

Bonner Springs police believe two dead bodies discovered at a local hotel are a case of murder-suicide.

Police say a housekeeping staff member found an man and a woman dead in a room about 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express, 13031 Ridge Drive, near the interchange of Interstate 70 and Kansas Highway 7.

Police taped off a Dodge Ram with a North Carolina license plate in the Holiday Inn parking lot while investigating two dead bodies discovered at the hotel.

Police taped off a Dodge Ram with a North Carolina license plate in the Holiday Inn parking lot while investigating two dead bodies discovered at the hotel.

Lt. George Collins said the man was identified as Michael James and the woman Lacie Martinez. He said according to family members, the couple was driving from their home in North Carolina to the Seattle area.

Collins said the bodies were discovered just about three hours after the couple checked into the hotel.

Though some media outlets have reported that James was active military, Collins said neither Martinez nor James served in the military.

Police are awaiting autopsy results before determining the cause of death, Collins said, but they have found no evidence to suggest that it was anything other than a murder-suicide.

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