Thursday, February 20, 2003

Investigators seek explanation for death of pair



By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

UNION TOWNSHIP - Investigators in this western Clermont County township are trying to determine what led to the deaths of two people found Tuesday in an apartment on Ohio Pike (Ohio 125).

Dead are Michael J. Suttman, 44, who lived in the apartment, and Tawnya L. Peters, 29, of Mount Washington.

Each suffered one gunshot wound to the head, said Lt. Terry Zinser of the Union Township Police Department.

The pair was found about 7 p.m. Tuesday after a relative of Suttman's got the manager to open Suttman's apartment.

Suttman had not been seen since Feb. 12, Zinser said.

He said investigators suspect the deaths are a murder-suicide, but are awaiting the results of autopsies and forensics tests.

A .22-calliber handgun was found inside the apartment.

It appeared the pair had been dead for several days, officials said.

Neighbors in the apartment complex said they didn't hear any shots and didn't know the victims.

If the case turns out to be a murder-suicide, it would be the second homicide in Union Township this year.

On Jan. 26, William G. Brittain, 41, of Beechwood Road was stabbed to death inside his apartment.

A 31-year-old Newport man, Jeffrey M. Haney, has been indicted on an aggravated murder charge in connection with Brittain's death. Haney returns to court next month for a pretrial hearing.

E-mail mmccain@enquirer.com




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