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Police ID Murder-Suicide Couple

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UPDATE: According to our media partners at WHMI, police have identified the couple in the murder-suicide case from Osceola Township.

The 51-year-old woman who was beaten to death in her Hill Top Lane home is Gail Dimitroff. Her boyfriend, 49-year-old Mark Herrick was living with her at the time and is believed to be responsible for her murder. A short time after Dimitroff was killed, police say Herrick intentionally and fatally crashed his vehicle head-on into a semi truck in Monroe county.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY., Mich. (WLNS) - Two are now dead in what Livingston County Sheriff's Deputies are calling an unusual murder-suicide.

This normally quiet subdivision in Osceola Township just east of Howell, was the scene of what police call an unsettling murder just one day ago.

"That somebody would number one, not only take their own life, but then to take someone else's life along the way just doesn't make any sense," said Michael Murphy, the undersheriff in Livingston County.

It began when deputies arrived at the home Monday afternoon, after colleagues of the woman living there became concerned when she missed work without calling.

"We responded to the home and we found a 51-year-old female deceased," said Murphy.

Undersheriff Murphy says there was clear evidence showing the woman was killed. Officials say it was just coincidental timing that as they began there investigation here, they got a call from Monroe County deputies to report another death of a person who also lives at the same address.

It was the homicide victim's 49-year-old boyfriend, who police say intentionally drove his car head-on into an oncoming semi.

"By that time, we had gathered some evidence from the scene that leads us to believe that this is in fact a homicide-suicide," Murphy said.

Police haven't released what that evidence is, proving the victim's boyfriend is responsible for her death, but say they have little reason to believe otherwise.

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department says they won't release the identity of either the suspect or the victim until they've notified both of their families.

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