Man Arrested in Killing of Former Seattle Talk Show Host Mike Webb

A man has been arrested in the killing of former radio talk show host Mike Webb, police said Thursday.

The 28-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the King County jail for investigation in the killing of Webb, 51, who hosted a late night talk show for 10 years on Seattle station KIRO, police Officer Mark A. Jamieson said.

Jamieson would not release other circumstances of the investigation and arrest pending a police news conference later Thursday.

A property manager cleaning out the house Webb was renting found his decomposed body June 28 beneath boxes and a tarpaulin in a basement crawl space. An autopsy indicated he died sometime after April 13 from multiple sharp force injuries.

A longtime friend, John McMullen, said Webb was last seen April 13, but his family continued to receive text messages from his cellular telephone for another month. The messages indicated Webb was fine and leaving town, but he did not normally use text messages and the messages stopped after relatives demanded that Webb call them, McMullen said.

Webb was fired by KIRO in December 2005 shortly after he was charged with insurance fraud. Prosecutors said he filed a fraudulent insurance claim after a traffic accident in June 2005.

Webb was convicted of insurance fraud in February, sentenced to 240 hours of community service and fined $1,000.