2 found dead of gunshot wounds inside Traverse City hotel room

Authorities say two people were found fatally shot inside a northern Michigan hotel room over the weekend, just blocks away from the National Cherry Festival grounds. 

Traverse City police Capt. Jim Bussell tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that officers responded after staff at Hotel Indigo couldn't get into the room Sunday afternoon after checkout time. The room was locked and barricaded from the inside. 

Bussell says each person appeared to have been shot once and three guns were found in the room.

Authorities have now identified the two people as Tyler Cole and Kaitlyn Cole of Traverse City.

Police Chief Jeff O'Brien says Tyler Cole apparently shot his wife and then himself, and a gun was found with his body.

The hotel is located in downtown Traverse City on Grandview Parkway, just a few blocks from where the annual National Cherry Festival was happening, which started Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

Fox 2 reported on this story from Southfield, Mich. 


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