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Police ID women found dead in Barrie, Ont., hotel

05/03/2012 11:45 EDT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Police have released the names of two women found dead at a hotel north of Toronto, after charging a former British Columbia resident with two counts of first-degree murder.

The two women were found dead at a Travelodge hotel in Barrie, Ont., on Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, Barrie police identified the dead as Helen Dorrington, 52, of Cold Lake, Alta., and Mary Hepburn, 32, of Barrie.

Police said that Hepburn had previously lived in Alberta before moving to Barrie.

When police found the victims, they also found a 22-year-old man suffering from serious injuries.

Mark Dobson of Barrie was taken to hospital and later charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Barrie police Const. Toni Dufour told CBC News that Dobson is from British Columbia and moved to Barrie in July of last year, at the same time as the 32-year-old woman.

Dufour said the accused and the victims are “known to each other,” though investigators are not releasing further details on their relationship for now.

Post-mortems are scheduled for Thursday.

Dobson has been remanded into custody until he appears in court May 9.

Police say that parts of the hotel and its parking lot will remain closed until the weekend as the investigation continues.

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