Tacoma deaths: mother, son in homicide-suicide

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Police say they continue to look for a motive in the homicide-suicide that claimed the lives of a 55-year-old woman and her 18-year-old son at a Tacoma home.

Police spokesman Mark Fulghum says no suicide note was found.

On Friday, the Pierce County medical examiner's office said homicide victim Jacqueline Hensler died of multiple stab wounds. The News Tribune says the suicide victim was her son, Ryan Simms. The medical examiner says the young man died of asphyxiation after placing a plastic bag over his head.

Police found the bodies Wednesday afternoon in Hensler's home. Her Good Samaritan Hospital coworkers asked police to check on her after she hadn't showed up for work for several days.

Her son had been attending college in England and recently returned home.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com