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Sheriff’s Office Seeks Assistance from Border Towns in Homicide Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2017


CONTACT:  Shari Ireton, Director of Communications,
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
shari.ireton@snoco.org, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is asking for help from communities along the US/Mexico border in eastern California and western Arizona. Specifically, detectives are asking the public if anyone has found a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and/or a 357 revolver along any highway routes in those areas that lead to border crossings into Mexico.  The weapons are sought in connection with the murder of an Oso couple, 45 year-old Patrick Shunn and his wife, 46 year-old Monique Patenaude, last year.

Shunn and Patenaude were murdered execution-style by their neighbor, John Reed.  John and his brother, Tony, buried the couple’s bodies and dumped their vehicles in the woods north of where they lived before fleeing to Mexico.  John and Tony were apprehended last year and returned to Snohomish County to stand trial.

Based on information developed during the investigation, it is believed the Reed brothers threw the weapons used in the murders from the highway before crossing the border into Mexico, although the specific highway and location is unknown.  Possible locations in Arizona include the Tucson-Ajo Hwy (SR 85) and SR 95 from Yuma.  In California, it is possible the Reed brothers traveled along SR 78 near Calexico or SR 111.

Detectives have contacted local and federal law enforcement agencies in the area, but are reaching out to directly to the public as well.

Anyone who has recovered a pistol and/or revolver in any of these areas since April 2016 is asked to please notify local law enforcement immediately.  Anyone with other information about this investigation should call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tipline at 425-388-3845.

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