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Posted on Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 9:05 a.m.

Deputies identify couple killed in Thursday murder-suicide

By Kyle Feldscher

The two Ypsilanti Township residents who were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday were identified as Tammy Cole and Walter Cole by police Friday.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson confirmed that Tammy and Walter Cole were found dead in their home at about 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Lamay Street. Jackson said Thursday that investigators believed Walter Cole, 53, had shot Tammy Cole, 47, before turning the gun on himself.

Jackson said a friend of the family had tried to call the couple and wasn’t able to reach them. The friend then drove to the home to check on them and saw that both cars were in the driveway, but no one was answering the door, Jackson said. The friend looked into a window and saw one of them lying on the floor, he said.

The friend and a neighbor broke down the door to the home and discovered the Coles inside, Jackson said. A family member last spoke with the couple at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jackson said.

The investigation into the incident is on going, according to Jackson.

Family members and neighbors approached by at the scene on Thursday declined to comment.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sat, Dec 24, 2011 : 4:37 p.m.

This is very sad! My heart goes out to the family and friends of the Cole's.