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Lab work next phase in Sherman Street deaths

MARQUETTE — The cause of death in relation to the two bodies found in a home along Sherman Street in Marquette Oct. 21 is still being determined.

Toxicology reports must be completed before cause of death can be confirmed with the medical examiner’s office, police said.

“Obviously, we brought in the state police to process the scene,” said Marquette Police Chief Blake Rieboldt. “There was no evidence at the scene indicating any major crime like homicide or a suicide or anything like that. We’ve taken all the steps that we can to ensure that the scene was processed correctly and safely, and we’re just waiting on toxicology to go.”

On the morning of Oct. 22, officers were dispatched to a duplex at 911 Sherman St. where they discovered the bodies of 31-year-old Adel Renee Winter and 29-year-old Mark Alan Bibler II.

Authorities initially classified their deaths as “natural,” but few details have been released due to the case still being open.

The department’s police log from the day of the incident cited the reason for dispatch to the 900 block of Sherman Street was due to “natural death.” Police explained this classification is used when the cause of death is unknown upon arrival to the scene.

Marquette police were assisted at the scene by UP Health System EMS, the Marquette City Fire Department, Michigan State Police Crime Lab and Northern Michigan University Police Department.

Trinity Carey can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is tcarey@miningjournal.net.