On March 3, 2018, at approximately 2:30 PM, deputies from the Island County Sheriff’s Office Camano Island Precinct were dispatched to a call for a body located on an un-improved parcel of land near Tamarack Lane, south Camano Island in Washington.

The Island County Coroner’s Office, with assistance from the Island County Sheriff’s Office, recovered the body of a white female from the scene near Tamarack Lane on Camano Island.  The Coroner’s Office has identified her as 26-year-old Katherine Cunningham.

An autopsy was done Tuesday March 6, 2018.  From the autopsy findings the Coroner’s Office has determined the cause of death as “Homicidal Violence with Decapitation”.  The manner of death is “Homicide”.  The death occurred at least several days before the discovery.

Near the victim, detectives located a bunker dug into the hill-side which contained cache of supplies, firearms and ammunition.  These were seized as well.  Based on the evidence it appears that the victim was specifically targeted and this was not a random act. Detectives have developed a person of interest in the case.

Based on information obtained during the investigation the Island County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information as to the whereabouts of 34-year-old Jacob Gonzales.  Gonzales is described to be a Hispanic male, 5’9 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and hazel eyes.  Gonzales is believed to be driving a green 1990 Mitsubishi Montero, Washington license AYE2639 and may be heading to the central/southern California area.  GONZALES is believed to be armed and dangerous police ask the public not to approach him.

Gonzales is a “Person of Interest” in the investigation at this time.

Anyone who wishes to provide information regarding the case should contact Detective Ed Wallace via the ICOM dispatch center at 360-679-9567, Or your local police departent.


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