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Sheriff’s office: Suspect in double homicide found dead from apparent suicide

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies are searching for an Independence Township woman who they...
Oakland County Sheriff's deputies are searching for an Independence Township woman who they believe fatally shot her boyfriend and her brother.(Oakland County Sheriff)
Published: May. 8, 2022 at 1:54 PM EDT
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INDEPENDENCE TWP., Mich. (WNEM) - The suspect in a double homicide in Oakland County has been found dead by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Ruby Taverner, 22, was found dead about 10 a.m. on Monday in a wooded area near the Independence Square Apartments in Independence Township. The sheriff’s office said that is the same area Taverner’s live-in boyfriend and her brother were shot early Sunday, May 8.

A Glock 43X handgun, which the sheriff’s office said Taverner purchased within the past week, was found near her body.

An autopsy is planned.

“This tragic situation has now been brought to a close, and our investigators will now pivot to see if we can answer the question on everyone’s mind – why,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

Taverner was accused of shooting her boyfriend 26-year-old Ray Muscat, and her brother 22-year-old Bishop Taverner at the apartment complex, located at 5901 Dixie Highway.