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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. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Body found in California river may be suspect in Camano Island beheading

    The family of a murdered Island County woman believe a body recovered from a Northern California river last spring may be that of her killer.

    An unidentified body was found under the 10th Street Bridge in the Feather River on April 7, 2018, and has not yet been identified by the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office. For months, the department and the Appeal-Democrat published that help was needed in identifying the body, and his two prominent tattoos were even published: a large dog or wolf with a banner reading “sheepdog” and another reading “faith” in script.

    The body was originally identified as female because he was dressed in women’s clothing, according to Appeal-Democrat archives. The man was 5-foot-6 and weighed around 125 pounds and had dark hair — black or brown.

    On the “Justice 4 Katherine” Facebook page, family members have posted pictures of Gonzales and his tattoos, including a “sheepdog” tattoo on the inside of his left forearm. Yuba-Sutter residents have noted on the page the resemblance to the John Doe’s tattoos.

    While the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office said it has been in contact with the Cunningham family, it has not officially identified the John Doe.

    “In short, the DNA sample turned out not to be sufficient so steps have been taken to obtain a second sample and we are pending notification from DOJ,” Sheriff Brandon Barnes said in an email Tuesday.

    The Department of Justice acknowledged a request for information from the Appeal-Democrat, but said in a Friday email, “this case remains open; to protect its integrity, we cannot comment on the specifics of the case.”

  2. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Geez. How tragic and bizarre.
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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  4. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    "Karma's" a B!!!
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  5. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Law enforcement authorities spanning two states say they've positively identified the body of a man suspected in the gruesome murder of a Washington woman more than a year ago.

    The case had investigators in California and Washington comparing notes about the decapitation of the 26-year-old woman on a Puget Sound island in February 2018, the subsequent discovery of a samurai sword with her blood on it in the trunk of her stolen car near Yreka and the eventual identification of suspect Jacob Gonzales, whose body was recovered a year ago in Northern California's Feather River.

    Detective Ed Wallace of the Island County, Wash., Sheriff's Office said he received DNA results Tuesday from the California Department of Justice identifying Gonzales as the man who was found dead in the river last April. Gonzales was the boyfriend of murder victim Katherine Cunningham and the prime suspect in her death.

    "He is currently our only suspect," Wallace said of 34-year-old Gonzales.

    Katherine Graham (Photo: Courtesy of the Cunningham family via Facebook)

    However, he said detectives are continuing their investigation as if it they were preparing for a court case with the possibility of other suspects.

    Wallace said he contacted Cunningham's mother, Jennifer, five minutes after learning of the DNA results.

    Wallace wishes Gonzales would've been found alive so he could've questioned him and allowed the woman's family some closure with what he might've said.

    "My hope was to interrogate him and provide answers to Katherine's family," Wallace said. "He cheated the family of answers."
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  6. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Thanks for the update. What a waste.
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  7. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I wonder what the whole story is of his death. No foul play?. Hmm. He seems to be the type to tick alot of people off.

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