Two found dead in possible Marysville homicide |

Two found dead in possible Marysville homicide

Marysville police are investigating a possible homicide after they discovered the bodies of a man and a woman Wednesday in an E Street motel room.

The bodies had not been identified as of Wednesday evening. Police would not say why they thought the situation could be a homicide.

An employee at the Budget Inn, 230 E St., said he called police after trying several times to tell the two people occupying the room, who’d checked in the day before, that it was time to check out.

When both the window and front door were locked, the motel employee said, he went in through an unlocked back window and saw a clothed body lying on the bed. The employee would not give his name.

Police came to Room 217 and forced their way in, discovering two bodies at 2:43 p.m.

According to a police press release, investigators believe there were no outstanding suspects.

The hotel employee said he’d never seen the man and the woman before at the motel, which rents to many people for extended periods of time. He said the couple looked to be in their 50s or 60s, and he believed they were from the Gridley area. They asked for a quiet room, he said.

Neither he, nor a man staying in the closest occupied room to where the bodies were found, remembered hearing or seeing anything unusual Tuesday night.

When he went through the back window, the motel employee said, he saw blood on both the bed and the floor, and he also saw a handgun lying on the bed.

The two people came in a green station wagon, which police towed after they discovered the bodies, the employee said. Police also took bedding out of the room, he said.

David Cannon, 57, said he knew nothing of the bodies until he saw police at the motel Wednesday afternoon.

“I didn’t hear anything last night,” said Cannon, 57, of Wichita, Kan. He said he was in Marysville to try to find his mother and had been staying at the hotel for three days.

“It scared me a little bit,” he said of the bodies’ discovery.

Police are no strangers to the spot, which is situated near the southbound side of the E Street bridge.

“We semi-routinely respond to calls at the motel,” said police Sgt. John Osbourn.

Ben van der Meer is a staff writer for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat

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