Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chief Gary Bucholtz - Murdered ex- wife Rhonda - Bad Axe

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Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Kidnapped ex-wife

Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Murdered ex-wife

Chief Gary Bucholtz [Bad Axe] : Committed suicide after killing ex-wife http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/11/chief-gary-bucholtz-bad-axe-suicide.html






On the evening of November 29th, former Police Chief Gary Bucholtz kidnapped his ex-wife, Rhonda Bucholtz. Police discovered the bodies of Gary and Rhonda in Heb's Inn and Hotel [Mason, MI], the following day. Chief Bucholtz had murdered / shot his wife and then committed suicide.



Police are uncertain as to why Bucholtz drove Rhonda all the way from their hometown of Port Hope...



...to the town of Mason [almost two hundred miles away].



The Michigan State Police are involved in the ongoing investigation.



Sadly, this is not the first tragedy Rhonda's family has recently faced. On November 20th, Rhonda's nephew Brent Tinsley [Ubly, MI], was murdered. The case is still under investigation.[See news articles below].









Mason police discover murder-suicide
Former police chief abducted his wife and put her in restraints in Port Hope
Written by Laura Misjak
Lansing State Journal
Dec. 4, 2011
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111204/INGHAM01/112040428/Mason-police-discover-murder-suicide?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs

MASON - The Huron County sheriff and Mason investigators say a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and secured her with restraints and drove her to a Mason motel, where he fatally shot her and himself.

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope in a Mason motel while conducting a welfare check Nov. 29. Rhonda Bucholtz had several gunshots to the face and her estranged husband had a single shotgun would to his head.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in the Thumb region.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared on Nov. 28.

A minivan belonging to the couple was parked outside the motel room where a man and woman were found shot to death, officials said.

Mason police last week ruled the deaths a murder- suicide, and in a prepared statement last Thursday revealed that a variety of restraints were used on Mrs. Bucholtz.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," said Mason police Chief John Stressman. "We are still processing the evidence."

Family members reported that the couple had been having marital difficulties and they were concerned for their well-being, according to the sheriff's office.

On Nov. 29, Mason police contacted the Huron County sheriff's office, saying that the murder-suicide possibly involved the missing Huron County couple.

The couple checked into a room at Heb's Inn and Motel, on North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at 3 a.m. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman said.

At about 2:30 p.m., police were called to the motel for a welfare check, where they found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.












Police say former Bad Axe police chief shot wife in face multiple times at Mason motel
12:07 AM, Dec. 2, 2011
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111202/NEWS03/312020012/Police-say-former-Bad-Axe-police-chief-shot-wife-face-multiple-times-Mason-motel?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CBusiness%7Cs

MASON — The former Huron County police chief who authorities say shot and killed his wife before killing himself inside a motel room had abducted her using “a variety of implements of restraint,” officials said.

The bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope were found Tuesday inside a room at Heb’s Inn and Motel.

Rhonda Bucholtz died from multiple handgun wounds to her face, according to a news release from Mason police.

Gary Bucholtz, who was a police chief in Bad Axe for about 10 years, died from a single shotgun wound to his head, police said.

Several “implements of restraint” were found inside the couple’s minivan and in the motel room, police said. Rhonda Bucholtz was found with an ankle restraint secured to one leg with the other end lying unsecured, police said.

Investigators believe Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted inside her Port Hope home. There was evidence she was restrained and concealed inside the minivan, police said.

How and why the couple ended up in Mason may never be known, the news release said.

He then turned the gun on himself.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said they may never know why the couple ended up in Mason.











Mason police discover murder-suicide
Former police chief abducted his wife and put her in restraints in Port Hope
Written by Laura Misjak
Lansing State Journal
Dec. 4, 2011
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111204/INGHAM01/112040428/Mason-police-discover-murder-suicide?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7C%7Cs

MASON - The Huron County sheriff and Mason investigators say a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and secured her with restraints and drove her to a Mason motel, where he fatally shot her and himself.

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope in a Mason motel while conducting a welfare check Nov. 29. Rhonda Bucholtz had several gunshots to the face and her estranged husband had a single shotgun would to his head.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in the Thumb region.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared on Nov. 28.

A minivan belonging to the couple was parked outside the motel room where a man and woman were found shot to death, officials said.

Mason police last week ruled the deaths a murder- suicide, and in a prepared statement last Thursday revealed that a variety of restraints were used on Mrs. Bucholtz.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," said Mason police Chief John Stressman. "We are still processing the evidence."

Family members reported that the couple had been having marital difficulties and they were concerned for their well-being, according to the sheriff's office.

On Nov. 29, Mason police contacted the Huron County sheriff's office, saying that the murder-suicide possibly involved the missing Huron County couple.

The couple checked into a room at Heb's Inn & Motel, on North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at 3 a.m. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman said.

At about 2:30 p.m., police were called to the motel for a welfare check, where they found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 
 
 


 
 
 
Police say bodies are former Bad Axe police chief and wife
Posted: Dec 03, 2011 9:57 AM CST
Updated: Dec 03, 2011 10:43 AM CST
By Kim Yonick
WNEM News
http://www.wnem.com/story/16179700/police-say-bodies-are

MASON, MI (WNEM) - Police said the bodies found inside a motel room are that of a former Bad Axe police chief and his wife.

Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz were found shot to death at a Mason Motel room.

Police said Gary Bucholtz took his wife from their home, restrained her in the car and shot her several times in that motel.

He then turned the gun on himself.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said they may never know why the couple ended up in Mason.

 
 
 
 




 
 
Police say former Bad Axe police chief shot wife in face multiple times at Mason motel
12:07 AM, Dec. 2, 2011
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111202/NEWS03/312020012/Police-say-former-Bad-Axe-police-chief-shot-wife-face-multiple-times-Mason-motel?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CBusiness%7Cs

MASON — The former Huron County police chief who authorities say shot and killed his wife before killing himself inside a motel room had abducted her using “a variety of implements of restraint,” officials said.

The bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope were found Tuesday inside a room at Heb’s Inn & Motel.

Rhonda Bucholtz died from multiple handgun wounds to her face, according to a news release from Mason police.

Gary Bucholtz, who was a police chief in Bad Axe for about 10 years, died from a single shotgun wound to his head, police said.

Several “implements of restraint” were found inside the couple’s minivan and in the motel room, police said. Rhonda Bucholtz was found with an ankle restraint secured to one leg with the other end lying unsecured, police said.

Investigators believe Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted inside her Port Hope home. There was evidence she was restrained and concealed inside the minivan, police said.

How and why the couple ended up in Mason may never be known, the news release said.










Police release more details in Mason murder-suicide
5:58 PM, Dec. 1, 2011
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111201/NEWS01/312010009/Police-release-more-details-in-Mason-murder-suicide?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

MASON — The former Huron County police chief who authorities say shot and killed his wife before killing himself inside a motel room had abducted her using “a variety of implements of restraint,” officials said today.

The bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope were found Tuesday inside a room at Heb’s Inn & Motel. Rhonda Bucholtz died from multiple handgun wounds to her face, according to a news release from Mason police.

Gary Bucholtz, who was a police chief in Bad Axe for about 10 years, died from a single shotgun wound to his head, police said.

Several “implements of restraint” were found inside the couple’s minivan and in the motel room, police said. Rhonda Bucholtz was found with an ankle restraint secured to one leg with the other end lying unsecured, police said.

Investigators believe Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted inside her Port Hope home. There was evidence she was restrained and concealed inside the minivan, police said.

How and why the couple ended up in Mason may never be known, the news release said.
















Police Believe Man Who Shot Wife and Then Himself is Former Police Chief
Posted On: 12/1/2011
9 and 10 News
http://www.9and10news.com/Category/Story/?id=312318&cID=1





A Michigan Sheriff says investigators suspect that a former police chief abducted his estranged wife, then shot and killed her before killing himself.

Mason Police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz in a Lansing area hotel while conducting a welfare check on Tuesday.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, the couple lived in Port Hope.

Family members called police after the couple went missing on Monday night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ex-Bad Axe Police Chief Gary Bucholtz Killed Self, Estranged Wife: Huron County Police Say
First Posted: 12/ 1/11 12:51 PM ET
Updated: 12/ 1/11 01:49 PM ET
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/01/bucholtz-murder-suicide_n_1122969.html






Authorities in Michigan are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a former local police official and his estranged ex-wife.

Mason police say that they discovered two bodies late Tuesday night in a Lansing-area motel room, one allegedly belonging to retired Bad Axe police chief Gary Bucholtz and the other to his former spouse, Rhonda Bucholtz, according to a press release obtained by the Huffington Post.

Authorities began searching for the pair late Monday night after Bucholtz family members contacted the Huron County Sheriff's office.

"Apparently, they had not been heard from since approximately 9 p.m. on Monday," Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson told the Huron Daily Tribune. "Family members were very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months. They were worried about the couple's well-being."

Hanson alerted regional law enforcement agencies to that the couple was missing.

Around 11:00 pm, Tuesday, Hanson received notification from Mason Police Department officials of a shooting incident approximately 110 miles southeast of Bad Axe, possibly involving the missing divorced couple.

"They stated they had a deceased male and female in a local motel room and the Port Hope couple’s Uplander van was in the parking lot," Hanson said.

Gary, 58, and Rhonda, 38, were parents of a five-year-old child, according to Bay City Times.

Police believe that Gary Bucholtz shot his ex-wife before killing himself, according to ABC-12.

As of Wednesday evening, the Ingham County Medical Examiner was still processing evidence and completing the identification process.















Current Bad Axe Police chief addresses apparent murder-suicide of predecessor, wife
Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 12:00 PM
By Cole Waterman
The Bay City Times
http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2011/12/current_bad_axe_police_chief_a.html

BAD AXE — The current chief of the Bad Axe Police Department has issued a brief statement regarding the apparent murder-suicide of former chief Gary E. Bucholtz and wife Rhonda L. Bucholtz.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Gary and Rhonda and we will support them during their time of grieving," Chief David Rothe said in the release. "We respect the family's privacy and will have no further comment at this time."

Bodies believed to be the Bucholtzes' were found in Heb's Inn in Mason Tuesday afternoon. Relatives reported they had not seen the Port Hope couple since around 9 p.m. Monday night.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson has said it appeared the couple died in their motel room from gunshot wounds. Evidence indicated Gary Bucholtz, 58, kidnapped his 38-year-old wife from Huron County, Hanson said.

The Mason Police Department is handling the investigation. Confirmation of the bodies' identities is to be released later today, pending the completion of autopsies.

 
 
 



 
 
 
 
Ex-Bad Axe police chief suspected of killing wife, self
December 01, 2011 7:49 AM
WWMT News
http://www.wwmt.com/news/police-1398966-self-axe.html





Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope while conducting a welfare check Tuesday.

MASON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan sheriff says investigators suspect that a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and drove her to a Lansing-area motel, where he fatally shot her and

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope while conducting a welfare check Tuesday.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in Michigan's rural Thumb region.

The motel is about 10 miles south-southeast of Lansing.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared Monday night.

Hanson tells the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe that investigators suspect Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted from Huron County and taken to the motel.

 
 
 
 
 



 
 
Report: Police say Huron County husband kidnapped wife before murder-suicide in Mason
Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 7:34 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 11:13 AM
By Brandon Howell
MLive.com
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2011/12/report_police_say_huron_county.html





UPDATE: Police believe the pair is former Bad Axe police chief Gary Bucholtz and his wife Rhonda.

Police say a husband and wife found dead in what's been ruled a murder-suicide Tuesday in Mason were from Port Hope in Huron County.

WILX reports Mason police, who have been working with the Huron County Sheriff's Office, believe the man kidnapped his wife. They were both reported missing by their family Tuesday afternoon.

The pair was found dead at Herb's Inn along Cedar Street. WLIX reports the couple had been having marital problems.

It was the second murder-suicide in Mason in just a matter of days.

A man and woman were found dead on Thanksgiving at their home in the 400 block of Hanna Road. In that case, authorities said Timothy Hendricks, 53, used a pistol to shoot and kill his ex-wife, Deborah Hendricks, 62, before killing himself.

Both were found dead in a home in the 400 block of Hanna Road late Thursday.

WLIX reports the Ingham County Medical Examiner has yet to positively identify the victims of Tuesday's murder-suicide. Positive identification is expected on Thursday or Friday




















Ex-Police Chief Suspected Of Killing Wife, Self
December 1, 2011 7:26 AM
CBS, Detroit
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/12/01/former-police-chief-suspected-of-killing-wife-self/





MASON (AP) - Investigators suspect that a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and drove her to a Lansing-area motel, where he fatally shot her and himself, a sheriff said Wednesday.

Mason police found bodies believed to be those of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope while conducting a welfare check Tuesday.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief in Bad Axe for about 10 years. The city has about 3,500 residents and is county seat of Huron County at the tip of Michigan’s heavily agricultural Thumb region. The motel is about 10 miles south-southeast of Lansing and about 110 miles southeast of Bad Axe.

The Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe reported that Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared. He said they had apparently not been heard from since about 9 p.m. Monday.

“Family members were very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months,” Hanson said. “They were worried about the couple’s well-being.”

The sheriff said Mason police contacted him late Tuesday.

“They advised they were working on an incident that possibly involved our missing couple,” Hanson said.

“They stated they had a deceased male and female in a local motel room and the Port Hope couple’s Uplander van was in the parking lot.”

He said the investigation produced evidence “suggesting the female may have been abducted” from Huron County and that it appeared both died in the Mason motel room from gunshot wounds in a possible murder-suicide.

Mason Police Chief John Stressman said the room at Heb’s Inn & Motel was booked at 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman told the Lansing State Journal.

Stressman said investigators will confirm the man and woman’s identities through dental records and DNA tests. They will look at autopsy results to confirm they died of gunshot wounds, he said.

“It’s still an open investigation and we’ve still got a lot of legwork to do,” Stressman said.













Mason Motel Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide
Thursday, December 01, 2011 5:58 a.m. EST
http://big921.com/news/articles/2011/dec/01/mason-motel-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide/

MASON, Mich (WLMI) Police in Mason have confirmed the bodies of a man and woman found Tuesday in a motel died in a murder-suicide.

Officials say it appears the former police chief of Bad Axe—in Michigan’s Thumb—abducted his estranged wife and drove her to Heb’s Inn on North Cedar and shot her, then himself.

Officials in Huron County say family members contacted the Sheriff’s Department after Gary Bucholz and his wife, Rhonda, disappeared Monday night.








Police rule deaths murder-suicide
Former Bad Axe police chief suspected of killing wife, self
11:13 PM
Nov. 30, 2011
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111201/NEWS01/112010311/Police-rule-deaths-murder-suicide?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

MASON - The Huron County sheriff said that investigators suspect that a former police chief abducted his estranged wife and drove her to a Mason motel, where he fatally shot her and himself.

Mason police found the bodies of Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope while conducting a welfare check Tuesday.

Gary Bucholtz was police chief for about 10 years in Bad Axe, a city of 3,500 in Huron County in the Thumb region.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said relatives contacted his department after the couple disappeared on Monday night.

A minivan belonging to the couple was parked outside the Mason motel room where a man and woman were found Tuesday shot to death, officials said.

Hanson told the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe that investigators suspect that

Rhonda Bucholtz was abducted from Huron County and taken to the Mason motel.

Mason police have ruled the deaths a murder- suicide.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," said Mason police Chief John Stressman. "We are still processing the evidence."

Family members reported that the couple had been having marital difficulties and they were concerned for their well-being, according to the sheriff's office.

On Tuesday night, Mason police contacted the Huron County sheriff's office, saying that the murder-suicide possibly involved the missing Huron County couple.

The couple checked into a room at Heb's Inn & Motel, on North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. checkout time, Stressman said.

At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the motel for a welfare check, where they found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.













Missing persons case could have ties to a murder-suicide
Posted: Nov 30, 2011 10:52 PM CST
Updated: Dec 01, 2011 10:16 AM CST
By ABC12 News Team
http://www.abc12.com/story/16160902/missing-person-case-could-have-ties-to-a-murder-suicide




HURON COUNTY (WJRT) -(11/30/11) - A missing persons search out of Huron County could be linked to what investigators are calling a suspected murder-suicide case in Ingham County.

The Huron County Sheriff's Department says Gary Bucholtz and Rhonda Bucholtz of Port Hope were last seen Monday evening. Family members reported them missing Tuesday afternoon, expressing concern over marital issues between the couple.

Detectives were contacted by the Mason Police Department, south of Lansing, about two people found dead in a motel room. A van belonging to the Bucholtz's was parked in the lot.

Both victims died from gunshot wounds and a positive identification is pending.

Mason Police say it appears the man shot the woman and them himself







More details emerge regarding apparent murder-suicide involving former Bad Axe Police chief, wife
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 7:13 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 9:28 PM
By LaNia Coleman
The Bay City Times
http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2011/11/more_details_emerge_regarding.html




BAD AXE — Huron County investigators say they believe a man and woman found dead in an Ingham County motel room are a former Bad Axe Police chief and his wife.

Gary E. Bucholtz, 58, and his 38-year-old wife, Rhonda L. Bucholtz, were reported missing by family members who were “very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months,” said Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson.

The couple, from Huron Township, are parents of a 5-year-old child.

Hanson could not comment on the nature of the nature of the couple’s troubles.

Local authorities were searching for the couple Tuesday when police in Mason, a town about 14 miles south of Lansing and 180 miles southwest of Port Hope, notified Hanson that they’d found the Bucholtz’s Chevrolet Uplander minivan in the parking lot of a motel where an apparent murder-suicide had occurred.

According to reports, Mason police suspect that Gary Bucholtz kidnapped his wife from somewhere in Huron County.

The couple reportedly checked into Heb’s Inn about 3 a.m. and were found dead of gunshot wounds about 12 hours later.

The Ingham County medical examiner has yet to make a positive identification.

Rhonda Bucholtz is an aunt of Brent Tinsey, the 20-year-old Ubly man who was found shot to death Nov. 20 in Sanilac County. The investigation into Tinsey's death is ongoing.

Gary Bucholtz’s brother is Gagetown Police Chief Gene Bucholtz.


















BREAKING: Former Bad Axe Police Chief dies in what’s believed to be murder/suicide
By STACY LANGLEY
Huron Daily Tribune
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:24 PM EST
http://www.michigansthumb.com/articles/2011/11/30/news/local_news/doc4ed6bb39d3c17439737926.txt

MASON — Police are investigating a possible abduction that ended in a murder/suicide involving former Bad Axe Police Chief Gary E. Bucholtz and his estranged wife.

Bucholtz, who served as Bad Axe Police Chief for 10 years, and his wife, Rhonda, were found dead inside a motel room in Mason just southeast of Lansing on Tuesday afternoon. The Mason Police Department is handling the investigation, which is still on-going as of press time.

What is known at this time is a search for the couple began earlier this week by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson said Undersheriff Ron Roberts was contacted by family who reported the couple had been missing since Monday.

“Apparently, they had not been heard from since approximately 9 p.m. on Monday. Family members were very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months. They were worried about the couple’s well-being,” said Hanson.

Police began following up on leads in an effort to attempt to track down the couple Tuesday afternoon.

“Leads were also followed up by the Bad Axe City Police Department, the Port Austin Village Police Department, the Michigan State Police in Sandusky and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office,“ Hanson said about their attempts to locate the couple. “We were able to uncover some new information, but nothing led to the whereabouts of the missing couple.”

At approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Hanson said he updated the ‘Be on the Look-out’ B.O.L (LEIN Broadcast), which was asking for law enforcement agencies in the state for information about Bucholtz and his wife.

“At 11:20 p.m., I was contacted by the Mason Police Department. They advised they were working on an incident that possibly involved our missing couple. They stated they had a deceased male and female in a local motel room and the Port Hope couple’s Uplander van was in the parking lot,” said Hanson, who added Mason police had been working this incident since roughly 3 p.m. Tuesday and they were processing the scene and attempting to positively identify the deceased.

“Mason police advised the investigation into the couple’s death was suggesting the female may have been abducted from our county,” said Hanson.

“It appeared both died in the Mason motel room from gunshot wounds, possibly the result of a murder/suicide. Due to those wounds, the Ingham County Medical Examiner’s Office may need another day to wrap up the identification process.”

Hanson said the matter remains under investigation.















Mason Murder-Suicide Followed Kidnapping
Missing couple from Port Hope in Huron County believed to be victims in a murder-suicide Tuesday in Mason. Man was former police chief.
Posted: 5:58 PM Nov 30, 2011
Updated: 10:03 AM Dec 1, 2011
Reporter: Jason Colthorp
WILX News
http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Mason_Murder-Suicide_Followed_Kidnapping_134787333.html






The victims in Tuesday's murder-suicide in Mason appear to be a married couple from Port Hope, a city right on Lake Huron in the thumb.

The Mason Police Department has been working with the Huron County Sheriff's Office and they believe the woman was kidnapped by her husband.

Gary and Rhonda Bucholtz-- who were having marital problems-- were reported missing by family Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. At the same time, 180 miles away, Mason police were discovering the bodies at Heb's Inn on Cedar Street.

Investigators discovered the Uplander mini-van in the parking lot belonged to the couple reported missing via a statewide alert system.

Gary Bucholtz was the former police chief in Bad Axe for 10 years.

Police say they checked in at 3 a.m. that morning and were found at 2:30 p.m. when no one answered the door.

The Ingham County Medical Examiner still has to positively identify the victims. That should be done Thursday or Friday.

 
 
 
 
 





 
 
Missing Port Hope couple believed dead in Mason motel room
Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 5:32 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 5:34 PM
By LaNia Coleman
The Bay City Times
http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2011/11/missing_port_hope_couple_belie.html

BAD AXE — Huron County investigators say they believe a man and woman found dead in a Mason motel room are a Port Hope-area couple reportedly missing since Monday.

Gary E. and Rhonda L. Bucholtz of Huron Township were reported missing by family members who were “very concerned because of marital difficulties that had evolved over the last several months,” said Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson.

Undersheriff Ron Roberts, six deputies and Hanson began following leads, as did police in Bad Axe and Port Austin, state police from the Sandusky Detachment and St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies.

“We were able to uncover some new information but nothing lead to the whereabouts of our missing couple,” said Hanson.

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, deputies put out a statewide be-on-the-lookout alert for the couple, said the sheriff.

Roughly 20 minutes later, police in Mason, located southeast of Lansing, advised that they found the couple’s Chevrolet Uplander van in the parking lot of a motel where an apparent murder-suicide had occurred earlier that day, said Hanson.

Mason police had been investigating the deaths since about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

As of this morning, positive identification still had not been made.

Mason investigators believe the woman was abducted from Huron County, said Hanson.

Both people died of gunshot wounds, he said.

 
 
 
 

 










Mason deaths ruled murder-suicide
4:48 PM, Nov. 30, 2011
Updated 4:41 p.m.
Written by Laura Misjak
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111130/NEWS01/111300332/Mason-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE




Police and investigators are on the scene Tuesday night in the driving snow in Mason at the site of the shooting deaths of a man and woman. The deaths are being investigated as homicides. Rod Sanford Lansing State Journal.


MASON -- Police have ruled the deaths of a man and woman found at a Mason motel Tuesday afternoon as a murder-suicide.

Both died of gunshot wounds, said Chief John Stressman.

Preliminary autopsy results could not confirm the identity of the couple, Stressman said, and dental records or DNA will be examined tomorrow to determine their identities.

The two checked into Heb's Inn and Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Street, at 3 a.m. Tuesday. Police were alerted after the couple had not left at the 11 a.m. check-out time, Stressman said.

MASON - Police continue today to investigate the suspicious deaths of a man and woman who were found at a Mason motel Tuesday afternoon.

Mason police Chief John Stressman said police are still trying to confirm the identities of the two and the deaths are being investigated as suspicious. An autopsy is scheduled but Stressman didn't know if it would be completed today.

Police were called to Heb's Inn & Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Street near U.S. 127, at about 2:32 p.m. for a welfare check, and found the man and woman dead.

A cleaning person at the motel spoke to a man earlier in the day whom police believe was one of the deceased, Stressman said.

"We don't know for sure the time of death or why they were there," Stressman said. "We are still processing the evidence and trying to get in touch with the family members if they are who we think they are."

Police believe the two died of gunshot wounds, but are waiting on autopsy results to confirm that, Stressman said.

"It's still an open investigation and we've still got a lot of legwork to do," he said.












Authorities treating 2 deaths at Mason motel as homicides
12:43 AM, Nov. 30, 2011
Written by Kevin Grasha
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111130/NEWS01/111300318/Authorities-treating-2-deaths-at-Mason-motel-as-homicides?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE


Police and investigators are on the scene Tuesday night in the driving snow in Mason at the site of the shooting deaths of a man and woman. The deaths are being investigated as homicides. / ROD SANFORD/Lansing State Journal.


MASON - Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Tuesday afternoon in a motel room.

Mason police Sgt. Ed Hude said the deaths were being treated as homicides, although investigators were still trying to sort out what happened.

The victims, a white man and white woman, were found after police were called about 2:32 p.m. for a welfare check at Heb's Inn & Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Street near U.S. 127.

Employees at the motel declined to comment.

The motel is made up of two buildings.

Police tape Tuesday surrounded a section of the second building.

A parked minivan was backed up at an angle to one room.

The Michigan State Police crime scene investigators were called in to assist.












Man, woman found fatally shot at motel in Mason
Posted On: 11/29/2011
9 and 10 News
http://www.9and10news.com/Category/Story/?id=312111&cID=2



MASON, Mich. (AP) — Police say they're investigating the fatal shootings of a man and a woman at a Lansing-area motel.

Police didn't immediately release the names of the victims, who were found dead about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Lansing State Journal says (http://on.lsj.com/rGxdBu ) officers discovered the bodies when they conducted a welfare check at Heb's Inn & Motel. It's about 10 miles south-southeast of Lansing.

A state police crime scene investigation unit is assisting local authorities.










Mason police investigate deaths of 2 gunshot victims
6:20 PM, Nov. 29, 2011
Written by Kevin Grasha
Lansing State Journal
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111129/NEWS01/311290004/1002/NEWS01?odyssey=obinsite

UPDATED 5:14 P.M. MASON -- Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman found this afternoon as suspicious.

"We are treating it as a homicide until we know differently," said Sgt. Ed Hude.

The victims, a white man and white woman, were found after police were called about 2:32 p.m. for a welfare check at Heb's Inn & Motel, located in the 500 block of North Cedar Street near U.S. 127.

Police on scene are waiting on a search warrant and the Michigan State Police Crime Scene Investigation Unit.














Report: Police investigating another murder-suicide in Mason
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 4:51 PM
By Angela Wittrock
MLive
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2011/11/report_police_investigating_an.html



Television station WILX reported that the victims were found dead in a room at Herb's Inn on Cedar Street. The ages and genders weren't released.

A man and woman were found dead Thursday at their home in Mason. Ingham County Sheriff's authorities ruled it a murder-suicide.

In that case, authorities said Timothy Hendricks, 53, used a pistol to shoot and kill his ex-wife, Deborah Hendricks, 62, before killing himself.

Both were found dead in a home in the 400 block of Hanna Road late Thursday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MURDER OF BRENT TINLEY [RHONDA'S NEPHEW]: NOVEMBER 20, 2011.
 





UPDATE: Police release name of shooting victim
Published: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 10:08 AM EST
By STACY LANGLEY
Tribune Staff Writer
http://www.michigansthumb.com/articles/2011/11/23/news/local_news/doc4ecd0c2c9e06d202862217.txt

AUSTIN TOWNSHIP — Police have released the name of the 20-year-old former Bad Axe High School student who was shot Sunday, but they are not releasing the details surrounding the shooting.

When troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Caro were dispatched to a location on Spencer Road in Sanilac County, they found Brent Michael Tinsey dead from a gunshot wound, according to F./Lt. Mitch Krugielki.

Police initially reported that Tinsey was from Argyle, but in a follow-up news release to the Tribune they reported Tinsey had an Ubly address.

“The matter remains under investigation. We have been in contact with the prosecutor’s office in Sanilac County, but the final report has not yet been submitted,” said Krugielki who added additional information will not be released until the matter has been further investigated.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Sanilac County Sheriff Office, Michigan State Police-Bridgeport Crime Laboratory and Sanilac County EMS.











Name of man fatally shot in Sanilac County released
9:30 AM, Nov. 23, 2011
The Times Herald
http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20111123/NEWS05/111123008/Name-man-fatally-shot-Sanilac-County-released-?odyssey=nav%7Chead

The Michigan State Police has released the name of a man fatally shot Sunday in Austin Township but haven’t released any other details about the incident.

Rescue crews responded to a shooting on Spencer Road about 6:30 p.m. where Brent Michael Tinsey, 20, of Ubly was pronounced dead.

Michigan State Police Sgt. Jeff Hook at the Caro post said no other details were being released, including the nature of the shooting or if a suspect was in custody or being sought.

Police originally said Tinsey was from Argyle.

A message was left for MSP Detective Brian Ferguson.












Authorities investigate Sanilac shooting
Submitted by Compmanager
November 23, 2011 – 9:30 am
Tuscola Today
http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2011/11/23/authorities-investigate-sanilac-shooting/



AUSTIN TOWNSHIP — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Caro post are investigating a shooting that killed a 20- year-old Ubly man.

Troopers were dispatched to an unknown shooting on Spencer Road in Austin Township, Sanilac County. Brent Tinsey, who has a listed Ubly address, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting is still under investigation by Michigan State Police.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Sanilac County Sheriff Office, Michigan State Police – Bridgeport Crime Laboratory and Sanilac County EMS.










State police release ID of man, 20, fatally shot in Sanilac County; investigation continues
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: November 23, 2011 - 7:04 am
Last Updated: November 23, 2011 - 7:04 am
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/dc51d6ea9520457c8273ed684c8e0e76/MI--Sanilac-County-Killing/

AUSTIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities in Michigan's Thumb have released the name of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot over the weekend.

WLEW-AM reports (http://bit.ly/uXqvuC ) that Michigan State Police have identified the man killed Sunday as Brent Tinsey of the unincorporated community of Argyle.

Police say he was killed in Sanilac County's Austin Township, about 45 miles east of Bay City. The investigation into his death was ongoing.





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