Suspect Leads Police to Slain Couple's Bodies as His Brother Remains at Large: Cops
Police believe they've recovered the remains of a Washington state couple who are believed to have been killed by two brothers in a property dispute that turned deadly.
One of those brothers, 49-year-old Tony Reed, was arrested in San Diego, California, on May 16, some 1,300 miles away from the scene of the alleged murder.
On Tuesday, police said Reed helped lead them to the bodies of 45-year-old Patrick Shunn and his wife, 46-year-old Monique Patenaude, in a remote area near where their vehicles had previously been recovered.
Reed is suspected of helping his still at-large brother, John Blaine Reed, murder the Oso, Washington, couple in April.
Tony Reed was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on May 16 after weeks on the run at the U.S./Mexico border and was transported and booked into the Snohomish County Jail on May 21.
Both brothers fled to Mexico after the alleged killing, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a release.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner will confirm the cause and manner of death of the victims.
A lawyer for Tony Clyde Reed told the Daily Herald in Everett, Washington, on Monday that his client turned himself over to authorities to answer to murder charges.
"My client is innocent of the first-degree murder charges," the lawyer said. "He's here to defend himself."
Authorities say John Reed’s house was “very close” to where Shunn and Patenaude lived and, according to a Seattle Times report, the couple had accused neighbors of assault, trespassing and scawling death threats in the mud.
However, it was not clear from the report whether those neighbors were the Reeds.
Shunn sought a restraining order against neighbors, but a court commissioner dismissed the request as groundless in January.
The couple was last seen April 11 before family members notified officials they'd failed to make contact for an "uncharacteristically" long time.