TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – Families all over Florida, Georgia and Alabama are breathing a collective sigh of relief.
Investigators confirm a weeklong, terrifying killing spree came to an end at the West Point Motel in Troup County on Tuesday.
William Boyette, 44, who was accused of killing four women, and 37-year-old Mary Rice were involved in a three-hour standoff with officials from inside the motel.
"This afternoon we received a call at the office by a person who thought they saw the car in question that had been stolen at the West Point Motel," said Sheriff James Woodruff with the Troup County Sheriff's Office. "When our officers got here shortly after they arrived they would open the curtain and wave at the officers. We did go to the office and learn the female involved had used her identity last night to rent the room so we made a positive ID through that knowing that she was indeed in the room and once he came to the window and waved we knew he was in the room as well."
Investigators say Rice left the hotel room, surrendering herself to law enforcement on the scene.
"We immediately took her into custody and carried her away from the scene," Sheriff Woodruff said. "Just a minute or two after that we heard a gunshot, they opened the door and realized he had shot himself."
No officials were injured during the standoff.
Rice was taken to the Troup County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, she signed her extradition papers and will be transported to Florida at some point in the afternoon.
"We were just going by the information we had that she was a participant in these crimes and so that's how we treated the situation," said Sergeant Stewart Smith with the Troup County Sheriff's Office. "We never had any indication it was a hostage. We were going by what we had that she was a participant in these crimes."
Sheriff Woodruff says his thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this massive killing spree, and says he hopes this conclusion brings the families some sort of peace.