Saturday, April 28, 2012
"NORTH BEND, WA — Deputies have found a body believed to be that of accused double murderer Peter Keller in the deep woods bunker where he had apparently holed up after killing his wife and daughter.
"A pistol and a large quantity of blood were seen near the body, said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan. Investigators later determined that the man had died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
"The body was found at about 9:45 a.m. Saturday after a SWAT team was able to maneuver in with explosives and blow a portion of the roof off the heavily fortified bunker, said King County sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
"Deputies then entered the bunker, where they discovered a body which they said appeared to be Keller. It appeared as though he had died some hours before, West said.
"Keller had not been seen since the fire at his North Bend-area home on Sunday led responders to discover the bodies of his wife and daughter.
"The King County medical examiner determined Kaylene Keller, 18, and her mother, Lynnettee Keller, 41, both died from gunshots to the head before the fire started. Their bodies were found in their bedrooms.
"Court documents described Keller as a loner who has a survivalist mentality and has been stockpiling supplies in the woods.
"If he had lived, Keller would have faced charges of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.
"The fire at Keller's home was stopped before the house burned down, and authorities said they found seven gasoline cans placed in different areas of the home."