Medical examiner rules Gary Volkers’ death a suicide

Posted at 6:10 PM, Oct 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-16 18:10:50-04

HOLLAND TWP, Mich.- The medical examiner is giving more answers to a case that’s puzzled the Holland community.

Gary Volkers’ death certificate ruled his death as a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The death certificates says both Volkers, 59, and his daughter Stacey Grotenhuis, 31 died Oct. 4, the day before their bodies were discovered.

The two were found dead nearly 100 miles apart. Police ruled the Grotenhuis’ death a homicide, but stopped short of calling this case a murder-suicide.

Tuesday FOX 17 learned Grotenhuis died from lacerations and a stab wound to the neck.

On Oct. 5, Volkers was found dead a short distance from his truck in LeRoy Township in Osceola County.

His daughter was found dead in the condo they shared later that day in Holland Township.

Police say evidence from Volkers’ crime scene led them to his daughter.

Grotenhuis had just moved back to Holland to live with her father, investigators said. Police are still stopping short of calling this a murder-suicide.

Michigan State Police Rockford Post will be holding a press conference on the case Friday at 10 a.m.