UPDATED: Deaths Of Two People At Saint John Hotel Ruled Murder-Suicide

Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 11:25 AM

The suspicious deaths of two people found in an east Saint John hotel room almost a year ago have been ruled a murder-suicide.

That from Jay Henderson of the Saint John police Major Crime Unit, who held a media briefing on the case this morning.

Henderson says the 26-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, who were boyfriend and girlfriend, died from gunshot wounds from a handgun. The man is considered the suspect in the death of the woman.

It was barking dogs that led to noise complaints and that was what prompted police to respond and discover the bodies. There was a white powder found in the room that's believed to be cocaine.

He says the pair were from western Canada and did not have any connection to Saint John. Henderson did confirm that a white Range Rover with Alberta license plates found at the hotel is connected to the case. 

Police are not releasing their identities out of respect for the families.

"We have to the extent we were able endeavoured to keep them updated on the progress of the investigation," Henderson said.

"They have indicated a desire for their privacy to be respected and requested that we not disclose their loved ones identities".

On communicating with the families, Saint John police chief John Bates says, "we liased very closely with them throughout the investigation and informed them of the information we could and at the end of the day we are here today to let the public know".

It was on February 28, 2017, that their bodies were found in a room at the Best Western hotel, but police have released few details until now.

Henderson says the delay in reaching this conclusion is because investigators were waiting on lab results from the RCMP which just came in last week.

"We had to have conclusive details and conclusive facts," says Henderson.