Bradenton police investigate woman’s ‘suspicious disappearance’ after brother found dead

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) — The Bradenton Police Department is investigating a 67-year-old woman’s “suspicious disappearance” after her brother was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Brooksville motel.

Catherine Stirm’s co-workers requested a welfare check after she had spoken to them on Jan. 22 but didn’t report to work in the following days, according to police.

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Stirm’s car was found Tuesday at the Sawgrass Cove apartment complex in Bradenton, where her 64-year-old brother Scott Stirm lives, police said.

Law enforcement was unable to make contact with Scott Stirm, but a search of his apartment on Thursday made them “gravely concerned for Catherine’s welfare.”

His car was found Thursday night at a Days Inn on Windmere Road in Brooksville. He was found dead in a room with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Catherine Stirm was not at the motel, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 941-932-9300.

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