- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

LEROY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Police are waiting to compile more evidence until they officially rule the deaths of a western Michigan man and his adult daughter a murder-suicide.

The Michigan State Police said they want to examine DNA evidence and computer data regarding the Oct. 5 deaths of Gary Volkers, 59, and Stacey Grotenhuis, 31, before releasing more information. The case is very complex and the department wants to ensure it accurately identifies the causes of death, Lt. Chris McIntire said at a press conference Friday morning.

“I think that we owe it to the family and all those that have been affected by this to do our due diligence and make sure we are using everything we have available … to do this investigation properly, and fully too,” he said.

Volkers died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to authorities, but they haven’t classified his death as a suicide. His body was found near his vehicle in LeRoy Township.

Later that day, Grotenhuis was found dead in her father’s Holland Township condominium. She had a fatal laceration to her neck, according to police, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Karen Jarrell, Grotenhuis’ mother, said Volkers was a wonderful father to their daughter.

“The whole situation is mind-blowing,” she said.

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