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Police Seek Connection Between Hotel Suicide and Mother's Bludgeoning Death in Northern California

By Anne La Jeunesse
Friday, July 9--A bizarre suicide that took place recently in a Santa Monica motel room and the bludgeoning death of the suicide's affluent mother in Northern California has investigators looking for a connection, police said Thursday.

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department investigators assisting the police department in the upscale city of Orinda in the Bay Area met with Santa Monica police Thursday in their efforts to solve the murder of 56-year-old Marin County property owner Margaret Bodfish, whose decomposing body was found June 30 inside her home in Orinda, authorities said.

The Northern California investigators sought out Santa Monica police after learning through Los Angeles County Coroner's Department representatives that Bodfish's son, 33-year-old Maxwell Emmons Wills, had slashed himself to death about 1 p.m. July 1 inside Room # 100 of the Travelodge Motel at 1525 Ocean Avenue.

Wills' body was discovered by Santa Monica police officers called to the motel after a maid saw blood seeping out from beneath the motel room door, said Lt. Gary F. Gallinot of the Santa Monica Police Department.

"They wanted to talk to the officers called to the scene, to see if they heard or saw anything that would help," Gallinot said.

Wills' blood-drenched body was found in the bathtub, a razor was in the sink and a bottle of prescription medicine was also recovered from the bathroom, said Los Angeles County Coroner's Department spokesman Scott Carrier.

"There was a large quantity of blood on the bathroom floor -- he had apparently slashed his wrists, both arms and his throat," Carrier said. "He is said to have had a history of severe depression."
Wills' death has been officially ruled a suicide, Carrier said.
A suicide note was found in the motel room, said Orinda Police Chief Dan Lawrence, but the content of that three-page note has not being released.
Lawrence did say, however, that the note does not make any statement that appears to implicate Wills in his mother's death the day before.
Lawrence said that Wills was being sought by investigators after Bodfish's body was found, but not because he was a suspect.
Wills father, who goes by the last name of Willis, reportedly lives in nearby Berkeley.
Lawrence said the case is a puzzle now and it remains unknown if the apparent murder of Bodfish and the suicide of her son are related.
Bodfish's partially decomposing body was found inside her home in the 600 block of Miner in Orinda on June 30, and it has been determined that she died of blunt trauma to the head, said Orinda Police Chief Lawrence.
Lawrence said that investigators are tracking down many leads, including one that Bodfish was, in fact, a man.
"It's not true -- she was a woman," Lawrence said.

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Gerold Loenicker, Rhonda James, and Contra Costa Mental Health Director Steven Grolnic-McClurg present the Suicide Strategic Plan to Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors

A two-year effort to develop better policy for addressing suicide in Contra Costa County culminated with the release of the Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan this month. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the plan September 10th, during National Suicide Prevention Week. Gerold Loenicker, Prevention and Early Intervention Program Supervisor, addressed  the board and said,  "In many cases, suicide may be preventable if primary care providers effectively screen individuals who are at risk, on a routine basis, and provide links to the right resources."

Loenicker co-chaired the Suicide Prevention Committee with Contra Costa Crisis Center director Rhonda James. The committee analyzed data provided by the Coroner's Office to identify at-risk populations, common methods of suicide, and how to improve delivery of crisis-support and prevention services. Recommendations in the plan include increasing coordination between county systems and community service providers to minimize obstacles to receiving help, improving protocols for assessment, triage and warm hand-offs of at-risk people, and training about warning signs and effective prevention practices for healthcare providers and community "gatekeepers" such as teachers and the clergy. The committee includes Behavioral Health Services, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers, Contra Costa Crisis Center, John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, and other community based organizations, health care providers, and public agencies.Funding for this plan was provided through the Mental Health Services Act. Contra Costa's suicide rate is 10.9 per 100,000 in population, higher than the state average of 10.3 per 100,000. 

A copy of the Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan can be found here: 

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