Police confirm murder-suicide in death of Cleveland.com reporter, her uncle

Woman was visiting family in Perrysburg Twp., found dead in home on Monday

Police confirm murder-suicide in death of Cleveland.com reporter, her uncle

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP (WTOL) - Perrysburg Township Police on Wednesday confirmed that Cleveland reporter Nicole Delamotte was shot by her uncle Robert Delamotte.

Robert Delamotte then shot himself in the head. He used a revolver for both deaths and legally owned two guns, police said. They described it as a murder suicide.

The Wood County Coroner said Tuesday that Nicole Delamotte-Ullman, 30, died from multiple gunshot wounds at the Friendly Village mobile home park in Perrysburg Township. Robert J. Delmotte, 67, was determined to have died from a single gunshot wound.

On Wednesday, Perrysburg Township Police disclosed that Nikki Delamotte was shot three times - once in the left chest, once in the right side, and once in the head.

Robert Delamotte was shot once in the head and police said his wound appears to be self-inflicted.

“Given the evidence and the observations made by the detectives and investigators in this case, it is believed that this is a murder/suicide. At this time it is unclear as to what the motive is but, we will be continuing to investigate in hopes of determining why this happened,” the statement from Perrysburg Township Police read.

Police are continuing the investigation to find out what’s behind this crime. They do not have a motive at this time but they’re hoping security footage will help.

It’s unclear as to when they happened, but investigators said it was some time between 4:15 p.m. on Sunday and 9:30 a.m. on Monday.

Robert Delamotte legally owned two guns but only used one of them in this case. He had both a Ruger .380 semi-automatic handgun and a Taurus .38 Special revolver. Only the revolver had appeared to have been fired.

Police also said they, with the Perrysburg Police Division, recovered video from Robert Delamotte’s security system. It was determined that no other person went into or left the house after Nikki Delmotte arrived at her uncle’s house at 4:16 p.m. on Sunday.

Perrysburg Township Police released a statement Wednesday on the murder-suicide deaths of Nikki Delamotte and her uncle, Robert J. Delamotte.
Perrysburg Township Police released a statement Wednesday on the murder-suicide deaths of Nikki Delamotte and her uncle, Robert J. Delamotte. (SOURCE: Perrysburg Township Police)

The investigation does not end here.

Detectives plan to work to figure out why this happened so loved ones can have answers.

“(We’re) tracking down why, seeing if we can come up with a reason or a motive for what happened," said Perrysburg Township Det. Dustin Glass. “Obviously that will be our ultimate goal. We’re not sure if it will happen, but we would like to have some closure for the family.”

A vigil is being held in Cleveland tomorrow night to honor Nikki Delamotte, who was an arts and culture reporter for Cleveland.com. There is also a Go Fund Me page for her memorial expenses.

Caution tape that was put up all around the house was removed Tuesday afternoon.

Neighbors in Friendly Village initially were concerned that they aren’t getting answers or clarity from police.

“Yeah, I’m concerned, because it’s sort of weird. We know the guy, Bob, I think his name is Bob. I feel bad for the family because they were trying to get back together from what I understood,” said neighbor Sharon Nagle.

Senator Sherrod Brown tweeted about the incident as his wife, Connie Schultz, also worked at the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper from 1993 to 2011.

Delamotte-Ullman had previously been reported missing and was visiting relatives in the area.

A call to law enforcement officials regarding the situation came in around 9:30 a.m Monday after someone could not reach the two victims.

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