The decapitated body of a 26-year-old woman was found Saturday afternoon near a survivalist bunker loaded with guns 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 supplies, guns and ammo.
Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said Wednesday that police are looking for 34-year-old Jacob Gonzales, who he called a person of interest.
He is believed to be a black-haired, 5-foot-9 Hispanic man 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 kids 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 AYE2639.
“Based on the evidence it appears 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.