A couple from LaPine involved in an apparent murder-suicide at a Medford motel just before Thanksgiving had a troubled past and apparently suffered from health problems, records show.
John Joseph Lansiaho, 65, fatally shot his wife, 68-year-old Marie Lansiaho, before turning the gun on himself at the Budget Inn of America, 345 S. Central Ave., at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, Medford police said.
The couple had been victims in a LaPine house fire more than a decade ago, had been granted bankruptcy protection in 2013 and had sold their home last month, public records and Central Oregon news archives show.
The Lansiahos sold their LaPine home at 15981 Falcon Lane on Oct. 13, Deschutes County property records show. They had been staying at the Budget Inn since Nov. 12 at the weekly rate, according to hotel manager Bhavik Panchal.
Panchal said there had been no complaints about the Lansiahos and the couple had been friendly to hotel staff.
No guests in neighboring units needed to be relocated during the investigation, which lasted until 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Panchal said.
In January 2005, the Lansiahos had been caught uninsured when a flue fire caused thousands of dollars in damage to their Falcon Lane home, according to a story archived on the Bend Bugle website. The fire had originated around the chimney pipe before spreading to the attic space and ceiling of the living room. U.S. Bankruptcy Court documents filed in 2013 show the home needed a new roof and had residual smoke damage from the fire.
When the couple filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 2013, more than $25,000 of their unsecured debts were outstanding healthcare expenses, with bills owed to The Heart Center, St. Charles Medical Center, Central Oregon Emergency Physicians, Cardiothoratic Surgeons, Bend Memorial Clinic and Bend Anesthesiology Group, according to court records.
They also owed more than $110,000 to credit counseling services and Discover Bank, the documents show, before agreeing to abandon more than $67,000 in assets and discharging nearly $136,000 of debt.
Calls to the Medford Police Department for more information about the deaths were not immediately returned.
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