Death Toll In Carnation, WA Rises to 6 in Christmas Massacre.

  1. The King County Sheriff's Office says six bodies have been found at a home near the small town of Carnation. Officers say the victims are most likely three generations of family.

    Police have ruled out the possibility of a murder-suicide, but say they're looking for possible suspects. They said they do not have a specific suspect in mind.

    The homicides happened on Christmas Eve, either late afternoon or early evening. The victims include a man and a woman who appear to be in their 50s, a man and a woman appearing to be in their 30s, a 6-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. They likely died of gunshots.

    Sgt. Jim Laing says the bodies were discovered about 8 a.m. in a home in the 1800 block of 346th Avenue NE. They were found by a co-worker of one of the victims who worked at a post office. The co-worker went to the home when the usually reliable postal employee failed to show up for work.

    Detective Bob Conner, says there is "no ongoing threat to the community" related to the killings.

    The home appears to be a large older house on isolated property in the mostly rural area. King County's "Guardian One" helicopter could be seen flying over the area.
    Detectives are searching outbuildings as well as the home. They towed away a black pickup truck sealed with evidence tape.

    "It's a very wide area here. Very dense, wooded, and part of the investigation is checking the whole area and terrain out to make sure there isn't other evidence or possibly other victims," said Conner.
     
  2. Wow, that is sad!!
     
  3. Here's a linked source:

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_carnation_killings.html

    Last updated December 26, 2007 2:51 p.m. PT
    Bodies of 6 people found at rural WA property near Seattle

    By ELIZABETH M. GILLESPIE
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
    CARNATION, Wash. -- The bodies of six people, including two young children, were found at a rural property east of Seattle, and investigators were looking for possible suspects, King County sheriff's detectives said Wednesday.

    The victims included a boy about age 3, a girl about 6, a man and a woman in their 30s and a man and a woman in their 50s, "most likely three generations" of one family, said sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart. Names of the victims were not released.

    The six died of homicidal violence "most likely gunshots," he said.

    Investigators were looking for a suspect or suspects in the case, but do not have specific individuals in mind, Urquhart said.

    A short time earlier, sheriff's Detective Bob Conner said authorities were searching for possible suspects in the area, along with other possible victims, but insisted there was no danger to anyone else living nearby.

    Asked to explain, he said, "You have to take my word for it."

    The bodies were found on a rural property that includes a house and a mobile home at the end of a long dirt road part of a cluster of other rural properties near this town about 21 miles east of Seattle.
    Urquhart declined to say where the victims were found on the property, other than to say they were "not found in the same room."

    Urquhart said the bodies were found by a co-worker of one of the victims who had come to the house because one of the victims, who works for the Postal Service, did not report to work.

    He said authorities believe the six were killed late afternoon or early evening on Christmas Eve.
     
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    (CNN) -- A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the deaths of six people -- believed to be three generations of the same family -- in a rural area outside Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, authorities said.
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    The pair, who are in their late 20s, were being taken to the King County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday evening, deputies told CNN.
    The Christmas Eve killings apparently took place at a house in Carnation, about 20 miles east of Seattle.
    The pair have not confessed to the deaths and do not yet have access to lawyers, King County Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said about 7:40 p.m. ET.
    "This couple was among the people that showed up at the [crime] scene," Urquhart said. "And as we got to talking to them, we developed probable cause and made the arrests."
    The couple is expected to be charged with six counts of first-degree homicide, he said.
    Urquhart said that the suspects knew the victims and that investigators have not yet determined a motive for the killings.
    The victims were a man and a woman in their 50s, another man and woman in their 30s, and two children: a 6-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy.
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    They are believed to be three generations of the same family, and they appeared to have been shot sometime Monday, Urquhart said.
    The bodies were found in and around the house, which is on a residential property in Carnation, Urquhart said. The house sits among a cluster of residences and is at the end of a long dirt road on the edge of woods.
    A colleague of one of the victims came by to check on the family Wednesday morning after one of the victims didn't show up for work, King County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Laing said.
    The colleague called deputies, who initially found the bodies of two adults and a child inside a house on the property.
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    A subsequent search revealed the other bodies.
    Authorities earlier ruled out murder-suicide in the deaths.

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    CARNATION, Wash. -- King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart said two arrests were made in connection with the slaying of six people in Carnation, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

    "We've arrested two people in this multiple homicide, a man and a woman. We still don't have a motive as such, but the suspects are known to the victims," Urquhart said at a news conference Wednesday.

    Urquhart said a 29-year-old woman and a man in his early 30s are being held for investigation of homicide and that it's unclear if the two are related.

    Police said the two came to the crime scene after investigators arrived there Wednesday morning. They were questioned by investigators, then arrested shortly after 4 p.m.

    Urquhart said investigators have not determined a motive for the deaths.

    The King County Sheriff's Office said the six, all family members, were found dead at a rural property near Carnation on Wednesday morning.

    Police said the victims are a man and a woman in their 50s, a man and a woman in their 30s, a 6-year-old girl and a boy about 3 years old. The six are three generations of a family. Urquhart said all six died from homicidal violence, most likely from gunshots on Christmas Eve. No weapons have been found.

    The bodies were found at 8 a.m. by a co-worker of one of the victims who worked at a post office. The co-worker went to the home when the usually reliable postal employee failed to show up for work.

    King County Sheriff's Detective Bob Conner initially would only say that there were multiple victims, both male and female, and referred to the deaths as homicides but later Wednesday afternoon the sheriff's office told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Rick Price that six people were confirmed dead.

    Sheriff's investigators had ruled out murder-suicide by Wednesday afternoon.

    Connor said officers and a sheriff's helicopter searched the area to determine whether there are other victims.

    Video from Chopper 7 showed a large older house surrounded by crime scene tape. The house is on an isolated property in the mostly rural area in the 1800 Block of 346th Avenue Northeast. Carnation is about 21 miles east of Seattle.

    The home is part of a cluster of residences at the end of a long dirt road. King County sheriff's detectives blocked the road with crime scene tape and towed away a black pickup truck sealed with evidence tape. Detectives are searching nearby properties.

    According to public records, the property is owned by Wayne Anderson, 60, and Judy Anderson, 61.

    Mark Bennett, who identified himself as a family friend, said Wayne Anderson was a Boeing Co. engineer and Judy Anderson worked for the Post Office in Carnation.

    Bennett said he spoke with the couple on Christmas Eve and tried to call them Christmas Day but could not reach them. He told reporters he came to the property Wednesday morning after seeing the home on television news.

    "I didn't want to believe what I heard and saw," he said, "so I drove over."

    Bennett said the Andersons have three children. One daughter, Michelle, lives on the property in a mobile home, he said.

    Bennett said he used to run a coffee shop with another daughter, Mary, who lives in nearby North Bend. A son also lives in the area, he said.

    Police said the site of the slayings was complex and they expected to be at the scene for several hours and into Thursday while the investigation continues.

    Conner said there was no ongoing threat to the community.
     
  5. The local news is reporting the arrested parties are the couple's DAUGHTER and boyfriend. What animals.
     

  6. OMG... How could they do something like this? Reminds me of Charlie Starkweather and Caryl Anne Fugate from the 50's... slaughtered her parents and baby sister. Then went on to kill six or seven more people.

    NO sense to any of this random killing... none at all.

    ETA: Breaking news link.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/26/seattle.bodiesfound/index.html

    Police: Pair arrested in slayings of sixStory Highlights
    NEW: Couple expected to be charged with six counts of first-degree homicide

    Officials say victims are family members, all dead since Christmas Eve

    The bodies were found in and near a house in a rural area

    A colleague who came to check on the family Wednesday made the discovery.

    (CNN) -- A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the deaths of six people -- believed to be three generations of the same family -- in a rural area outside Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, authorities said.


    A truck is towed near the Washington property where six relatives were found dead earlier Wednesday.

    1 of 2 The pair, who are in their late 20s, were being taken to the King County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday evening, deputies told CNN.

    The Christmas Eve killings apparently took place at a house in Carnation, about 20 miles east of Seattle.

    The pair have not confessed to the deaths and do not yet have access to lawyers, King County Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said about 7:40 p.m. ET.

    "This couple was among the people that showed up at the [crime] scene," Urquhart said. "And as we got to talking to them, we developed probable cause and made the arrests."

    The couple is expected to be charged with six counts of first-degree homicide, he said.

    Urquhart said that the suspects knew the victims and that investigators have not yet determined a motive for the killings.

    The victims were a man and a woman in their 50s, another man and woman in their 30s, and two children: a 6-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy.

    KIRO: Two arrested in slayings
    They are believed to be three generations of the same family, and they appeared to have been shot sometime Monday, Urquhart said.

    The bodies were found in and around the house, which is on a residential property in Carnation, Urquhart said. The house sits among a cluster of residences and is at the end of a long dirt road on the edge of woods.

    A colleague of one of the victims came by to check on the family Wednesday morning after one of the victims didn't show up for work, King County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Laing said.

    The colleague called deputies, who initially found the bodies of two adults and a child inside a house on the property.


    A subsequent search revealed the other bodies.

    Authorities earlier ruled out murder-suicide in the deaths.
     
  7. Here's another update. I live not far from this area and I will tell you that this kind of crime simply does NOT happen in Carnation, WA. This is a small town in a valley filled with farms. It is about 30 miles east of Seattle but is still very rural.

    http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_122607WAB_carnation_murders_TP.5406bca0.html#

    [SIZE=+2]Victims' daughter arrested in Christmas Eve killings

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    [/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]By JANE McCARTHY / KING 5 News and Associated Press[/SIZE]

    Six killed in Carnation include two young children

    CARNATION, Wash. - Two people were arrested Wednesday evening after the bodies of six people were found earlier in the day at a rural property east of Seattle, a sheriff's sergeant said.

    One of two suspects in the slayings of six people near Carnation that occurred in the afternoon of Christmas Eve is the daughter of the oldest victims, police said.

    Family members said the six victims are Wayne and Judy Anderson, who own the property, their adult son Scott Anderson and his wife Erica of Black Diamond, and their 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

    The two suspects under arrest are Wayne and Judy's youngest daughter, 29-year-old Michelle Anderson, and her boyfriend who live on the property.

    The pair came to the crime scene after investigators arrived there this morning, were questioned by investigators, then arrested shortly after 4 p.m.

    Both were booked into the King County Jail Wednesday evening. Sources said both suspects admitted to the murders independently. There is no indication of drug or alcohol use and so far, the murder weapon has not been found.

    Investigators had not determined a motive for the deaths, but a family member said there had been tension between Michelle and the family for years.

    Mark Bennett, who identified himself as a family friend, said Wayne Anderson was a Boeing Co. engineer and Judy Anderson worked for the Post Office in Carnation.

    Bennett said he used to run a coffee shop with another daughter, Mary, who lives in nearby North Bend. A son also lives in the area, he said.

    Autopsies have not been performed on the bodies, but the cause of death was most likely gunshots, Urquhart said.

    "All died from homicidal violence, most likely from gunshots," Urquhart said.

    Sgt. Jim Laing says the bodies were discovered in the home about 8 a.m. by a co-worker of the eldest female victim, who worked at a post office. The co-worker went to the home when the usually reliable postal employee failed to show up for work.

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    Police say the bodies were discovered about 8 a.m. in a home in the 1800 block of 346th Avenue N.E.

    The home is a large, older house on isolated property in the mostly rural area, located at the end of a dirt road. A mobile home is also located on the property.

    Detectives searched outbuildings as well as the home. They towed away a black pickup truck sealed with evidence tape.

    Urquhart said the bodies would likely remain at the crime scene until Thursday or Friday.

    "Now we have to process the scene," he said.

    Now there are serious questions about why police did not go into the house after a 911 hangup call was placed the night of the murders.

    Police made two calls back to the residence, but both went to voicemail. When deputies arrived at the scene, the gate was locked. When deputies were unable to gain access, they left.

    Community reaction

    News of the killings spread quickly through Carnation, a small dairy farming community.

    The property where the crime was committed is located in a rural development southeast of town.

    Friends say the homeowners had been married for 38 years. The woman worked at the Carnation post office. She's known around town as a friendly mail carrier who goes the extra mile for customers.

    "She's a real sweet gal – she always has a smile on her fact," said Carleen Doneen.

    "She was a very good friend," said Carolyn Durand.

    The man is a Boeing engineer who was looking forward to retirement.
     
  8. This is so sad, just awful that anyone could do this.
     
  9. I about threw up when I heard this...a whole family...in Carnation??? That's about as charming and sleepy/peaceful as you can get relatively close to the City. Mind blowing!!
     
  10. It's on the news now, the daughter and her boyfriend confessed to the murders.

    It was planned, and they are charged with aggravated murder... which makes them eligible for the death penalty.
     
  11. Now what is aggravated murder?
    Is that like 1st degree murder where it is pre-meditated.You did say it was planned.