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Man, woman ID'd in Pontiac motel homicide

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 9:41 a.m. CST

(MCT) FAIRBURY — A 57-year-old Pontiac woman has been identified as the second person found dead Tuesday in a Pontiac motel room.

Jean Ann Corrice was pronounced dead at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday at the scene along with Tyler R. Friant, 22, of Pontiac, Livingston County Coroner Mike Burke announced Thursday. The Pantagraph has confirmed from family sources that Corrice was Friant’s mother.

A third, severely injured person was found along with the bodies at the Palamar Motel in Pontiac. That person was taken to a Pontiac hospital, but authorities have released no other information on the survivor.

Friant and his mother, meanwhile, were remembered fondly by a family friend.

“Tyler never seemed to have a bad day,” said Abbey Steidinger of Fairbury, who described him as a “fun-loving kid who liked to make others laugh.”

“He was a good kid, just living the life,” she said. “He was always in a good mood and was the clown of the crowd.”

Referring to Corrice, Steidinger said: “She loved her children and grandchildren very much. She kept to herself, but the one thing you knew about her was that she loved her boys and lived her life for them.”

Officials on Thursday remained tight-lipped about the investigation, including how Friant and Corrice were killed or how the other man was injured. Pontiac police released no new information on Thursday and the Livingston County state’s attorney was out of town and unavailable for comment.

Burke said Thursday that Corrice’s identity was confirmed via scars, a birthmark and fingerprints. Autopsies on Friant and Corrice were performed Wednesday, but no information, including the cause of death, has been released.

Pontiac police were called to make a well-being check at a room Tuesday morning. About 10:50 a.m., officers discovered the two bodies.

Previously, police said there have been no arrests, but they are not searching for suspects. Pontiac Police Chief Jim Woolford has referred to the case as an “isolated incident.”

Woolford also could not be reached Thursday for an update on the case.

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©2013 The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.)

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