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

A 26 -year-old woman was received decapitated Saturday afternoon near a survivalist bunker loaded with handguns 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 furnishes, handguns and ammo.


Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said Wednesday that police are looking for 34 -year-old Jacob Gonzales, whom he called a person of interest.

He is believed to be a black-haired, 5-foot-9 Hispanic human with hazel eyes who weighs 150 pounds, according to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The Seattle Times interviewed a woman who said she knows the two, and described them as boyfriend and girlfriend. She said they met in the military.

“It’s just crazy, ” the woman said. “They were in my house, around my children and I never thought he was capable of something like this.”

Authorities said he may be on the way to southern or central California. They did not elaborate on Gonzales’ relationship with Cunningham.

Gonzales is believed to be armed and driving a green 1990 Mitsubishi Montero, with Washington license plate AYE2 639.

“Based on the evidence it is suggested that the victim was specifically targeted and this was not a random act, ” the Island County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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