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Husband and wife found dead after apparent murder-suicide at Columbia home, Howard police say

Howard County police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a husband and wife in Columbia, the department said Monday morning.

Kyle Hartlieb, 31, and Alleen Hartlieb, 31, were both found dead in their home by police Sunday night. Police said the initial investigation suggests Kyle Hartlieb shot his wife and then himself, but they don’t yet have a motive for the shooting.

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Police went to the Hartlieb residence in the 8400 block of Oak Bush Terrace after a relative told them the couple had missed a gathering earlier Sunday.

After no response when arriving, police forced entry into the home and found both Kyle and Alleen Hartlieb dead from single gunshot wounds, police said.

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A handgun was “located near” Kyle Hartlieb, according to police. No one else was inside the home, and police don’t believe anyone else was involved.

A neighbor told police she heard gunshots around 3 a.m. Sunday. Police said the couple was last seen Saturday night.

Howard County police are continuing to investigate the shootings.

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