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Couple killed in apparent murder-suicide identified by Wyoming Police

Posted at 6:04 PM, Feb 25, 2015

WYOMING, Mich. — The man and woman who were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Wyoming have been identified as Albert Sanchez and Bettina Stieglitz-Sanchez.

The couple were both found dead from gunshot wounds Feb. 22 in a parking lot at the southeast corner of Byron Center Avenue and Porter Street SW.

A man driving by the scene of the crime alerted police at about 10:57 p.m.   Sanchez, 50, was found dead  on the ground next to a black 2004 Dodge Durango.

Stieglitz-Sanchez, 44, was found dead inside the SUV.

Police say she died from three apparent gunshot wounds and Albert died from what appears to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds.   A weapon was recovered at the scene.

Sanchez and Stieglitz-Sanchez were married, but police say they were living in separate homes.  Sanchez has a history of domestic violence, including incidents in 2003 and 2009 where he was arrested, police said.

Police also say Sanchez may have suffered from mental health issues and had previous thoughts of suicide.