TRAVERSE CITY — Two bodies found at Hotel Indigo on Sunday afternoon are the result of an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
Tyler Daniel Cole, 33, and his 26-year-old wife, Kaitlyn Lee Cole, were found dead — each from a single gunshot wound — hours after their 11 a.m. checkout time. Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O’Brien confirmed the couple’s names Monday morning after police spent Sunday evening identifying the pair and contacting family.
The couple lived on Barlow Street in Traverse City, just off Eighth Street.
“Using our senses, we can say ‘He shot her, because the gun was with him,’” O’Brien said. “It’s really a closed case. It’s sad.”
Hotel staff called police after discovering room 318, where the couple were staying, locked and barricaded. Knocking drew no response.
The door was deadbolted and blocked by a luggage cart and ironing board, according to Capt. Jim Bussell, and police forced entry shortly after arriving around 1 p.m. City firefighters assisted.
Police found the Coles on the room’s bed, O’Brien said — Tyler Cole, holding a .45-caliber Glock. They recovered two additional firearms before clearing the scene nearly six hours later, but no notes were found in the room or at the couple’s home.
“We have no direction as to why this occurred,” O’Brien said. “There’s nothing to make us believe there was any indication these people had marital problems.”
Witnesses told police they’d seen the couple Saturday evening, according to a police report, and O’Brien said police had no indication anyone heard gunshots.
O'Brien did not recall any prior interactions with the Coles.
O’Brien was not sure whether the couple, who married in 2017 according to Kaitlyn Cole’s Facebook page, had any children. She died just days before July 6, which would have marked her 27th birthday.
The incident took place only blocks from National Cherry Festival grounds in downtown Traverse City. Police presence has been heightened in the city to accommodate the event, with the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s department and Michigan State Police offering support and additional personnel.
O’Brien called the deaths an “isolated incident.”
“I don’t think there was a threat to the public at all,” he said.
Autopsies will be conducted on each of the Coles at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to confirm the cause and time of death, O’Brien said.
Hotel management did not return calls for comment.
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