Police Chief: 2 dead, 1 injured at Palamar Motel in Pontiac isolated incident

By Audrey Wise

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 10:36 PM CDT

PONTIAC, Ill. -- Livingston County and Pontiac officials remain tight-lipped Tuesday night after two people were found dead and another gravely injured in a Pontiac motel room Tuesday morning.

Pontiac Police Chief Jim Woolford said they are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Chief Woolford believes it is an isolated incident and said they are not looking for any suspects.

Officers responded to the Palamar motel for a well-being check just before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Upon arrival, they located 2 bodies in room 239 of the motel. A third person, described as "gravely injured", was transported to a hospital. Their condition is not known at this time.

Chief Woolford said, "That's how we were notified was a well-being check, upon learning of deceased persons inside, that's the standard protocol is to seek a search warrant just so we're able to move inside the residence and collect all the evidence to determine what in fact took place."

The Chief would not comment on a weapon used.

The Palamar Motel is located in the 200 block of Ladd Street. The long-time motel now provides mostly weekly and monthly rates.

As of early Tuesday afternoon Livingston County coroner Michael Burke was working to identify the victims.

Police Chief said he expects positive identification to be made late Wednesday.

Chief Woolford said in a statement Tuesday night that it is vital to their investigation not to release any more details at this time until family members can be officially notified.

We will have more details as they become available.

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