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Mexican authorities catch man wanted in killings of couple

  • FILE - These undated booking photos provided by the Snohomish County Sheriff Office show brothers Tony Reed, left and John Reed, right. The pair fled to Mexico on murder charges stemming from the killings of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude, who were found May 24, 2016 near Oso, Wash. John Reed was captured Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Mexican authorities and transferred to a jail in Arizona, and Tony Reed turned himself in to authorities in May, 2016. Investigators believe John Reed fatally shot the couple in April 2016 over a property dispute. (Snohomish County Sheriff Office via AP, File )

    FILE - These undated booking photos provided by the Snohomish County Sheriff Office show brothers Tony Reed, left and John Reed, right. The pair fled to Mexico on murder charges stemming from the killings of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude, who were found May 24, 2016 near Oso, Wash. John Reed was captured Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Mexican authorities and transferred to a jail in Arizona, and Tony Reed turned himself in to authorities in May, 2016. Investigators believe John Reed fatally shot the couple in April 2016 over a property dispute. (Snohomish County Sheriff Office via AP, File )  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, a bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers, at lower right, that was left by detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, marks the location where the remains of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude were found May 24, 2016 near Oso, Wash. John Reed, who fled to Mexico on murder charges stemming from the killings, was captured Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Mexican authorities and transferred to a jail in Arizona. Investigators believe Reed fatally shot the couple in April 2016 over a property dispute. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, a bouquet of red, white, and blue flowers, at lower right, that was left by detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, marks the location where the remains of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude were found May 24, 2016 near Oso, Wash. John Reed, who fled to Mexico on murder charges stemming from the killings, was captured Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Mexican authorities and transferred to a jail in Arizona. Investigators believe Reed fatally shot the couple in April 2016 over a property dispute. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, a road cuts through an isolated area of logged land near where the remains of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude were found on May 24, 2016 near Oso, Wash. John Reed, who fled to Mexico on murder charges stemming from the killings, was captured Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Mexican authorities and transferred to a jail in Arizona. Investigators believe Reed fatally shot the couple in April 2016 over a property dispute. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, a road cuts through an isolated area of logged land near where the remains of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude were found on May 24, 2016 near Oso, Wash. John Reed, who fled to Mexico on murder charges stemming from the killings, was captured Thursday, July 21, 2016 by Mexican authorities and transferred to a jail in Arizona. Investigators believe Reed fatally shot the couple in April 2016 over a property dispute. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)  (The Associated Press)

A man accused of killing a couple in rural Washington state and burying their remains in a remote forest clearing has been captured in Mexico.

Snohomish County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Jeske says 53-year-old John Blaine Reed was arrested Thursday by Mexican authorities. Reed had been on the run since the April slayings near Oso, a rural community northeast of Seattle.

Jeske says Reed has been booked into Pima County Jail in Arizona, and is expected to have a court hearing next week. It's unclear when he would return to Washington state.

Investigators believe Reed fatally shot Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude in April over a property dispute north of Seattle. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

He and his brother Tony Reed fled to Mexico, but the brother turned himself in and helped detectives locate the couple's remains. Tony Reed pleaded guilty last month to two counts of rendering criminal assistance.