UPDATE: Jackson County murder-suicide victims identified

JACKSON CO., Mich (WLNS) – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the names of two people who died in a murder-suicide Friday.

The two are identified as 73-year-old Margaret Sanford and 62-year-old Roger Sanford.

Deputies were called to a house on the 5500 block of Clarklake Road in Napoleon Township just after 7:00 p.m. Friday night.

They were called there to check on the welfare of Margaret Sanford, who hadn’t been seen since August 6.

When they arrived they looked through a window and saw a woman in the house and not moving.

Roger Sanford refused to come to the door.

Deputies were familiar with Sanford from previous encounters and were aware of his history of mental illness.

They were also aware that he owned firearms.

Sanford refused to leave the house and after several hours police were able to get inside.

They found Roger Sanford dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. It also appeared Margaret Sanford had been shot dead several days before.

An investigation is continuing and this story will be updated online and on 6 News.

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