Homicide

$4,000 reward offered for information on quadruple murder in Washington

Authorities in Washington said Wednesday a $4,000 reward was being offered for any information about a quadruple murder that took place last week.

“This is obviously a tragic event that affects not just the family but the entire community, someone willing to kill an entire family like this,” Kitsap County sheriff’s Det. Lt. Earl Smith said.

Deputies received a panicked phone call last Friday at around 11:30 p.m. form a Seabeck home. When police arrived at the scene, the found a torched home with three bodies burning inside. Investigators say all three were the victims of homicidal violence.

Authorities identified the victims in the home as Hunter Scaap, 16, Jonathan Higgins, 16, and Christale Careaga, 37. John Careaga, 43, was found murdered in his burned-out Ford F150 pickup truck in Mason County the next day.

“We`ve forensically processed that truck. We’re taking evidence to the crime lab. We processed the residence where the three individuals were found murdered,” Smith said.

According to the Kitsap Sun, investigators believe the fires were intentionally set. However, it’s unclear how the family members died.

Court documents say that Jonathan Higgins was the son of Christale Careaga. Hunter Higgs was the song of John Careaga. The Careaga’s owned Juanito’s Taco Shop, according to Q13 Fox.

Investigators said they were still trying to put together a timeline of the deaths.

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound offered the $4,000 reward and detectives hope it will lead to information to help solve the case.

“We want to hear all the information. Not just the good. If there`s some good, great. If there`s some bad, great. If it`s just the information about these individuals, that`s what we want to hear about,” Smith said.

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