A well-known chiropractor in Washington state and her husband were possibly killed by a tenant who was about to be evicted, according to officials.
According to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Karen Koep, her husband Davido and both of them have been missing since at least November 13, 2018.
Deputies who responded to a welfare check in the home of a couple in Lacey (Washington) allegedly discovered two large pools containing blood, large enough to make them believe that someone had been killed.
The house reeked of bleach, and the deputies found evidence that the bodies had been dragged to the garage.
Davido is reportedly the landlord of 45-year-old Timothy Burke.
In court documents, it is stated that Davido left a partially completed eviction letter for Burke in the home. Prosecutors claim that Burke has a mental illness and called 911 multiple times to his home.
Documents state that Burke was seen on surveillance video using Davido’s card.
Burke was arrested initially for identity theft. However, deputies discovered a firearm on him. Court documents state that the bullets from the gun and the ones used in the killing were identical.
Before he could be arrested, officials found Burke off the trail.
Pauline Dutton said that she believed Burke was behind the eviction.
I just hope that everything has been resolved. I still wonder, “Is there anything else to this story that we do not know?” Dutton stated, “I hope that Tim Burke is the only person involved.”
The Olympian reports that although Burke has not been officially charged, Thurston Deputy prosecuting attorney Jennifer Lord stated during a court hearing on Monday that a murder charge is appropriate.
Lord stated that “it’s the state perspective, based upon the amounts of blood and opinions of professionals involved in determining facts and evidence in this instance, that murder would be the appropriate charge, rather than assault.”
After probable cause for two counts of first-degree murder was established, Judge John C. Skinder imposed a no bail hold on Monday.