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Jacob Gonzales sought in decapitation death of Katherine Cunningham, 26, Camano Island WA *Located*

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by Uno2Much, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Decapitated body found near remote ammo-filled survivalist bunker in Washington, police say
    By Gregg Re

    The decapitated body of a 26-year-old woman was found Saturday afternoon near a survivalist bunker loaded with guns and ammo in northwest Washington, and police say a person of interest in the case may be heading for California.

    Katherine Cunningham's remains were found Saturday on the rural Camano Island, north of Seattle. Near the headless corpse, investigators discovered a bunker dug into a hillside containing supplies, guns and ammo.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/0...vivalist-bunker-in-washington-police-say.html

    Jacob Gonzales​

    Manhunt on after woman found decapitated near survivalist bunker

    Island County authorities searching for ‘person of interest’ after woman found slain on Camano Island
    By Levi Pulkkinen, SeattlePI
    Updated 12:01 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Investigators are now searching for Jacob Gonzales, a 34-year-old man believed to be silver compact car. Gonzales is described as an Hispanic man with black hair and hazel eyes standing 5-feet-9 and weighing 150 pounds.

    The Mitsubishi Montero he was initially thought to be driving has been located by police.

    Read more: https://www.seattlepi.com/local/crime/article/Katherine-Cunningham-Decapitation-Manhunt-12735996.php
  2. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Police ID new car driven by person of interest in Camano beheading
    Officers found woman's body in bunker dug into the hillside containing firearms and ammo
    Mar 9, 2018

    Authorities said Friday that Jacob Gonzales, the person of interest in the recent beheading on Camano Island, may be driving a two-door silver 1998 Honda Civic, Washington license number BHR7424.

    Police also said Friday that they have received information that Gonzales could be traveling to the Las Vegas area.


    Gonzales is believed to be armed, and police ask that the public not approach him. He is a “person of interest” in the investigation at this time, authorities said.

    Anyone with information about Gonzales or his recent whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency and/or Detective Ed Wallace through the dispatch center at 360-679-9567.

    Read more: https://www.scnews.com/news/article_5a1fc39c-23cd-11e8-9a91-8336ffeaac25.html

  3. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

  4. Justice4tinkerbell

    Justice4tinkerbell New Member

    A Million Dollar Warrant Issued by Island County Prosecutors on March 12 for Gonzales' Arrest

    Gonzales also has family ties in Los Banos, California. A million dollar warrant was issued by Island County Prosecutors Office on March 12 for his arrest for unlawful possession of guns and for stealing Katherine's car.
  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    :welcome: @Justice4tinkerbell !

    The central valley in California is very vast. I wonder if he had a buddy come pick him up in Yreka?
  6. Justice4tinkerbell

    Justice4tinkerbell New Member

    Hi Kimster! Thank you!
    One would have to believe someone he knows, family or friend, met him up there - he needed further transportation. (The I-5 travels through Yreka and Los Banos.) There were several days after Katherine was killed and her body was found. There was a report of a park ranger at Happy Camp near Yreka who thought he talked to someone maybe matching his description, asking about edible mushrooms. But with his immediate family being in Los Banos and people knowing him there and in Merced, plus his need to have access to money to get by and to hide, it seems his ties would be strong with Merced County in the central valley.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2018
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  7. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Police records reveal details about Camano Island homicide, bunker contents
    Peggy Wendel
    Mar 23, 2018 Updated Mar 26, 2018

    A $1 million bench warrant for Gonzales, 34, was issued March 9. Charges include theft of a motor vehicle and five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree. The silver 1998 Honda Civic he was driving was found abandoned on Interstate 5 in Yreka, California, impounded by California Highway Patrol. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said March 12 the vehicle would be returned to Washington and processed for evidence.

    The body of Katherine Cunningham was discovered March 3 when a neighbor and several friends were walking on the 10-acre parcel. The neighbor was considering purchasing the parcel.

    Down in a ravine, they spotted a red wagon and tarps that seemed out of place, according to the documents. Looking closer, they saw a sleeping bag wrapped in a tarp. One person used his foot to nudge the sleeping bag and felt something heavy inside, the documents reveal. Pushing back the top of the sleeping bag with his foot, he found a woman with most of her head missing, according to the records.

    The neighbor took photos with his phone to show the police and left to report the incident.

    A trail of empty nylon sandbags led from the wagon to a large hole near the hilltop about 70 feet from the body, according to the report.

    The hole turned out to be a bunker, about six feet deep and four feet around, manmade and reinforced with wood to keep it from collapsing and a ladder for access. The bunker was described in the warrant as the type used by survivalists. A warrant was obtained to remove the body and any evidence in the bunker or area.

    During a search of the bunker, detectives found a ballistic vest, ammo and a stash of weapons.....

    Read more: https://www.scnews.com/news/article_5e70847e-2e11-11e8-9b62-6fafb9323932.html
  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I think you're right. Perhaps the person who picked him up didn't even know what crime he had committed. Hopefully as soon as the person finds out and believes that he's a dangerous man, they'll call in that tip to law enforcement.
  9. Justice4tinkerbell

    Justice4tinkerbell New Member

    Perhaps the person (maybe a friend) who picked him up at the time did not know, but as he was in Katherine's silver Honda and if it was a family member of his, not wonder where Katherine was? It has been all over the local news in the Central Valley, both on t.v. and newspaper. In Los Banos, it was on every news stand. As Los Banos and Dos Palos are small, people must surely talk and know him and his family. So at this point, one has to believe his family or friends are aware yet may be aiding him. He is still out there and Katherine died over a month ago now. We can only hope that a tip comes in soon, or whoever is helping him realizes what a heinous crime was committed and are also putting themselves in jeopardy. A memorial will be taking place for Katherine this Friday in CA so that she may be at rest.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2018
  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh, I misread. I thought they didn't find Katherine for a few days, so the killer was able to hide it during that time.
  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This is the only picture I could find of Katherine.

  12. Justice4tinkerbell

    Justice4tinkerbell New Member

  13. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  14. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    This is the latest I could find on Gonzales. Looks like he's staying one step ahead of LE.

    Island County Sheriff’s Office: Callers report seeing Gonzales
    Apr 3, 2018

    Callers to the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported possible sightings of Jacob Gonzales, person of interest in a Camano homicide case: March 13 in Los Banos at a check cashing business and another sighting in the Los Angeles area; March 15 in Seattle; March 16 in front of a Purdy gas station hitchhiking towards Tacoma; March 20 at a motel in Trinidad, California; and March 21 in Everett at Big Lots.

  15. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I can't believe he's still out there!
  16. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    An interview with Katherine's father and sister at the link.

    Exclusive: Family of murdered Atwater woman search for answers

    By: Joey Horta
    Updated: Apr 30, 2018 11:35 AM PDT

    "Right after she graduated Merced College she went into the military reserves," says Cunningham.
    Katherine's father says its during her time in the military when she fell in love with Jacob Gonzales.
    The two dated for several years.
    Cunningham says the couple talked about getting married.
    He believes Katherine was in a mentally abusive relationship and that Gonzalez must have snapped.
    "He's never been a good person in my eyes. Certain things he would say just rubbed me the wrong way," the heartbroken sister says.

    Read more: http://www.yourcentralvalley.com/ne...d-atwater-woman-search-for-answers/1151530346

    Also, more pics of Gonzales, some with short hair/no facial hair.


    Anyone with information about Gonzales or his recent whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency and/or Detective Ed Wallace through the dispatch center at 360-679-9567 or Tips@co.island.wa.us.

    More at: https://www.scnews.com/news/article_19871dea-22f5-11e8-a65b-b75af8f25901.html
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  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Is he still on the run????
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  18. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    I haven't seen any updates.
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  19. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Finally, an update. They decided to charge him although he still hasn't been located. Knowing he'll only serve a max of 28 years for committing a brutal cold-blooded murder and fleeing authorities should lure him in. :mad:

    Man on the run charged with murder after his DNA was found on samurai sword believed to be used to behead woman: police
    By Kathleen Joyce

    A man on the run was charged with murder in connection with the beheading death of a woman in February after tests discovered his DNA on the samurai sword police believe was used to decapitate the victim.

    Jacob Gonzales, 33, of California, was being sought by police and was believed to be hiding in Merced County, the Island County Sheriff’s Office said.

    Gonzales was charged Friday with “domestic violence murder in the second degree, while armed with a deadly weapon” in connection with Katherine Cunningham’s death.

    If convicted, Gonzales faced up to 28 years in prison.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/3...lieved-to-be-used-to-behead-woman-police.html

    Prosecutor: Blood on samurai sword ties man to woman's beheading
    Mike Chapman, Redding Record Searchlight Published 6:56 p.m. PT June 29, 2018

    Blood stains found on a samurai sword has led to murder charges against a Washington man who is accused of beheading a woman and then abandoning her stolen car on the side of Interstate 5 near Yreka in February.

    The Island County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Coupeville, Washington, had been waiting nearly four months for the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab to provide results of forensic testing on the sword, which was found in the trunk of the stolen 1998 Honda.

    On Wednesday, the lab's results showed dried blood on the sword's blade belongs to murder victim Katherine Cunningham while DNA on the hilt matched the suspect, 33-year-old Jacob Gonzales, Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said.

    Island County sheriff's investigators have been trying to find Gonzales since early March and he still has a $1 million nationwide warrant out for his arrest.

    Calling local authorities with tips is most important. After that, leads on Gonzales' whereabouts can be submitted to the Island County sheriff's dispatch center at 360-679-9567 or via the email, Tips@co.island.wa.us.

    Read more: https://www.redding.com/story/news/...ai-sword-ties-man-womans-beheading/747348002/
  20. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    My guess is he vanished into "Mexico". P.O.S.!!! She must have been so frightened!!! Her poor Family!
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