MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WNDU) – Police have identified the three people found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in a rural Michigan City home Monday afternoon.
The three people found dead of gunshot wounds were 71-year-old Barbara Evans, 73-year-old Walter Evans and 48-year-old Tammy Evans.
In addition the bodies, police found a handgun, bullet casings and a handwritten note. Based on the crime scene and the evidence, it was determined Tammy Evans shot Walter and Barbara Evans, according to a release from the Michigan City Police Department.
The two victims reportedly "remained in the residence for several days, as did Tammy." Eventually, Tammy Evans died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police reportedly found the gun and note in a different area of the home from where they found Barbara and Walter Evans.
"The time of death is sometimes just associated with the note and the last time seen and the first time found," Michigan City Police Sgt. Chris Yagelski said.
Yagelski said the Evans hadn't been since before Christmas.
"It's a very unfortunate incident that has occurred, and especially during the holiday season, so our heart goes out to the family," Yagelski said.
It happened in the 6800 block of Meer Road, where police were dispatched around 1:57 p.m. Central Standard Time following a call from a distraught relative, according to a release from the Michigan City Police Department.
Sheryl Ponder is a nearby neighbor and said she saw police cars racing toward the home.
"So hard to believe, I did not expect anything like that," Ponder said. "I did not expect anything like that. But then again, you don't know what happens in people's lives. You think from the outside, it's a nice little family, and then for something like that to happen just makes you wonder what went wrong. Because I never would've thought that would happen."
Distraught relatives arrived on scene Monday afternoon.
"Our chaplain division went immediately over to the scene to try to help family members along," Yagelski said. "The detectives have been out there talking with everyone. Everyone has been working together to try and console the family as far as this tragic incident is concerned."
Ponder said she will continue to pray that the family finds peace.
"I feel so deeply for you and I'm so sorry something like this happened," Ponder said. "It's a tragedy. It really is."
Anyone with information that could aid the investigation is encouraged to contact Michigan City Police Detective Sgt. Anthony McClintock at 219-874-3221 ext. 1074.