March 31, 2013 in City

In brief: Man, woman found dead in Cheney apartment

 

A man and a woman were found dead in a Cheney apartment Saturday, and police are investigating the deaths as homicide.

Cheney police went to the Rosebrook Inn, 304 W. First St., at 11:40 a.m. responding to a report of two bodies inside an apartment. Officers found a male and a female victim.

Authorities don’t believe there are any suspects at large, according to Deputy Craig Chamberlin of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, which is assisting in the investigation.

Forensics experts arrived Saturday evening as investigators waited for a search warrant to gather evidence from the apartment.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and release the identity of the victims, Chamberlin said.

A neighbor who didn’t wish to be identified said she knew the victims, a 66-year-old woman and a man in his 30s. She said she usually sees the woman daily but hadn’t seen her for the past few days.

One of the victim’s relatives had reported them missing on Thursday.

Nicole Hensley

WSU instructor found unconscious in parking lot

A faculty member at Washington State University was seriously injured in an assault early Saturday morning in a Pullman parking lot.

Pullman police responded to a report of a disturbance at the Adams Mall parking lot around 1:55 a.m., according to a news release from Pullman police Chief Gary Jenkins.

A man later identified as David Warner, 41, was found unconscious in the parking lot with a serious head injury. He was taken to a Pullman hospital and transferred to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Police don’t have any suspects in the assault, Jenkins said. Warner, identified on WSU’s website as an American studies instructor, had been accompanied by a 31-year-old male wearing a Seahawks jersey, Jenkins said.

Anyone who saw Warner or his companion on Friday night or Saturday morning is urged to contact Pullman police at (509) 334-0802.

Staff report

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