Man arrested in connection with western Washington killings
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people whose bullet-ridden bodies were discovered under tarps and in an outbuilding in western Washington, authorities said.
Dennis M. Bauer, 50, was booked into the Clallam County jail Thursday for investigation of three counts of second-degree murder after a Washington state Patrol SWAT team raided a property in Port Angeles, the Peninsula Daily News reported .
It wasn’t immediately known if Bauer had obtained an attorney.
Authorities conducting a welfare check on New Year’s Eve found the door to the home ajar and then discovered the bodies of Darrell C. Iverson, 57, and his son Jordan D. Iverson, 27, covered by tarps and debris in front of the house, Clallam County Sheriff Bill Benedict said. The elder Iverson owned the home, according to county documents.
The body of the younger man’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Tiffany A. May, was discovered later in a locked shed close to the home. Investigators said at the time they believed all three were killed Dec. 26 by someone they knew.
Clallam County Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said Thursday that Bauer is “believed to be involved” in their deaths, but he did not call him the shooter.
King declined to say what links the suspect to the slaying and said law enforcement would be on scene for much of the day looking for evidence. No motive for the killings has been released.
The SWAT team was brought in because of safety concerns with multiple structures and many people living on the property, King said.
Authorities used a stun grenade as they entered the building, and Bauer surrendered without incident, King said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com