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Parents of Murder Suspect Arrested
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2016
CONTACT: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
email@example.com, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office have arrested the parents of murder suspect John Reed for rendering criminal assistance in the first degree. Both 81 year-old Clyde Reed and 77 year-old Faye Reed were taken into custody today at their Ellensburg residence at the 600 block of E Tacoma Ave. without incident. Detectives are also serving a search warrant for the property where they were arrested. Clyde and Faye Reed will be booked into the Snohomish County jail.
In previous interviews for the murder investigation, both suspects admitted to detectives that they provided a vehicle to John and his brother, Tony Reed, to flee the area. They also admitted to transferring the title from John’s truck, believed to have been used in the murders, to Faye. They also admitted to having provided financial assistance to John and Tony.
The Sheriff’s Office anticipates more arrests of various acquaintances of John Reed who have also allegedly rendered additional criminal assistance.
“We absolutely will arrest anyone who has helped a murderer escape justice,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary.
Valuable assistance in today’s arrest and serving of the search warrant was provided by the Ellensburg Police Department.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are still looking for murder suspect John Reed, who is believed to be in the Tijuana, Rosarita, or Ensenada areas of Mexico. The US Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture and arrest. Two charges of first-degree homicide have been filed against Reed for the execution-style murder of 45 year-old Patrick Shunn and his wife, 46 year-old Monique Patenaude.
John Reed is 5’08”, 190 lbs. with hazel eyes and gray hair and is believed to be driving a 2002 Gold Acura 3.2 TL (Arizona plates BNN-9968). He is believed to be armed and dangerous.
John’s brother, Tony Reed, who is also charged with the murder of Shunn and Patenaude, was taken into custody on May 16 at the US/Mexico border. He was transported and booked into the Snohomish County jail on May 21. Reed helped Sheriff’s Office detectives locate the gravesite of Shunn and Patanaude, who were both shot to death.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of John Reed should call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tipline at 425-388-3845.
Timeline of investigation
April 12 - Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude are reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office by neighbors. Shunn was last seen at his workplace in Kirkland, Wash. on April 11. Patenaude was last seen around 1 p.m. also on April 11 near the couple’s residence at the 27800 block of Whitman Road.
April 14 - Two vehicles belonging to Shunn and Patenaude are located in a remote, wooded area in the Oso area.
April 15 – Detectives conduct a thorough search of the vehicles and the area where they were located. The location of Shunn and Patenaude was still unknown at that time.
April 17 – Sheriff Ty Trenary announces that probable cause had been established for the arrest of the Reed brothers, who were suspected of murdering Shunn and Patenaude.
April 18 – One of the vehicles driven by the Reed brothers is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The Reed brothers are believed to have crossed the border into Mexico driving a 2002 Gold Acura 3.2 TL (Arizona plate BNN-9968).
April 20 – Several properties in Ellensburg, Wash. are searched by detectives, including the residence belonging to the parents of the Reed brothers, two storage units, and the residence of Tony Reed.
May 16 – Tony Reed is taken into custody at the US/Mexico border and booked into the San Diego County Jail.
May 20 & 21 – Tony Reed is transported and booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
May 24 – Two bodies are found in an area a few miles to the west of where Shunn and Patenaude’s vehicles were located.
May 26 – The Snohomish County Medical Examiner identifies the bodies and determines the cause and manner of death. The cause of death for Patenaude was multiple gunshot wounds and for Shunn was a gunshot wound of the head. The manner of death for both was homicide.
May 27 – Sheriff’s Office distributes “Wanted” posters in the Tijuana, Ensenada, and Rosarita areas of Mexico for the capture and arrest of John Reed.