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Body Found in Rattlesnake Ridge Bunker

SWAT teams have been moving cautiously, wary of possible booby traps, after locating a body in the bunker near Rattlesnake Ridge outside of North Bend, believed to be the hideout of Peter A. Keller, wanted in a double homicide and arson.

King County Sheriff’s TAC 30 (SWAT) deputies found a body believed to be that of murder suspect Peter Keller in a bunker in the woods near North Bend Washington this morning around 10 a.m., Saturday, April 28, the King County Sheriff's Office said.

The TAC 30 team used an explosive to breach the roof of the heavily fortified hideout which allowed enough access for the deputies to enter the bunker. Once inside deputies discovered a body which they said appeared to be Keller, and it appeared as though he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Keller has been wanted by police since last Sunday, when his wife Lynettee Rocha Keller, and daughter, Kaylene Keller, Police used photos recovered from the home and tips from area hikers to track the location of the bunker, just near the trailhead of the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail near North Bend. Keller last week.

The Sheriff’s Office will use their Bomb Disposal Unit to clear the bunker to ensure there are no explosive or booby traps. Once the bunker has been cleared detectives will enter the bunker and conduct a crime scene investigation, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

The King County Medical Examiner’s will conduct an investigation to determine actual cause of death and positively identify the body.

King 5 News reported that officers saw lights go on in the bunker Friday night, and that several officers have been treated for exhaustion during the lengthy operation.

A.V. Harrison Publishing April 29, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Oh! I thought Patch was exclusively an Edmonds BUSINESS NEWS feed, which is what I was looking for when I signed up. Not so sure I need one more national news service. But thanks so much, wishing you well. Au Revoir, Emily Hill
Brian Soergel April 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Hi AVHP: Edmonds Patch is all about Edmonds news. However, we will pick up stories from other Patch sites around Puget Sound that we think are of interest to readers. Thanks for writing.

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