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Two people found shot to death in Fort Worth motel room identified

Two people were found shot to death Thursday afternoon inside a Fort Worth motel room, police said.

The bodies were discovered about 1 p.m. at a Motel 6 in the 4200 block of the South Freeway service road.

A Fort Worth police spokesman did not release a preliminary assessment of whether one or more of the deaths were criminal.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office was at the scene in a first-floor room. A pathologist will determine the manner of the deaths.

The victims have been identified as Tracey Lynn Talcott, 51, and Edward Michael Benline, 61, who both lived at the same address in Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website on Friday.

A ruling on their deaths was pending completion of the autopsies.

A motel employee said that a man and woman had been guests in the room.

Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.
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Emerson Clarridge covers crime and other breaking news for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He works evenings and reports on law enforcement affairs in Tarrant County. He previously was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York.