Man found dead

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 8, 2002

Authorities are investigating the death of a Montgomery man who was found shot to death with a bullet wound to the head in a Troy motel Wednesday morning.

According to Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage, 51-year-old Michael Grubbs was found dead in his room at the Scottish Inns on U.S. 231 N. at approximately 9 a.m.

Sgt. Benny Scarbrough, public information officer for the police department, said Grubbs apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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"According to our information, Grubbs checked into the Scottish Inn motel about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was found by the motel cleanup crew around 9 a.m. Wednesday," Scarbrough said. "The desk clerk was alerted that there was problem in that room and the Troy Police Department was notified."

But police are temporarily keeping the investigation open until they look into a missing person’s report filed with the Montgomery Police Department, Scarbrough said.

Witnesses at the scene said police "were coming and going most of the morning," making several repeated visits to room 55, where Aniston resident Scott Kelly said police removed Grubbs’ body from.

"One of the officers said he shot himself," said Kelly, who was at the Scottish Inns most of Tuesday night and all of Wednesday morning. "I didn’t hear a thing. I guess the television was turned up loud."

Witnesses said they believe Grubbs shot himself while in the bathtub. No blood stains in the immediate living area were noticeable. The bathroom was closed off.