UPDATE: Peter Keller has now officially been named a suspect in the double murder of his wife and daughter, with the King County Sheriff's Office issuing an arrest warrant Wednesday, April 25.
UPDATE: The two victims found have been identified as Peter Keller's wife, Lynnettee Keller, and daughter, Kaylene Keller.
After the bodies of two women were found barricaded inside a house fire in North Bend Sunday morning, authorities from the King County Sheriff's Office have announced a "person of interest" in the suspected homicide, 41-year-old Peter A. Keller.
Police say responding Eastside firefighters had to force their way through the front door of the home, located in the 47000 block of SE 159th, because a couch and other furniture had been used to block it. The call from a neighbor reporting smoke coming from the home came in around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, and, according to a release issued by King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West, firefighters also found what's described as "a number of gasoline containers filled with gasoline" inside the home.
West says the deaths are considered "suspicious" and detectives handled the scene as a homicide investigation.
So far investigators have been unable to locate Keller, who's described as 5'5'' and 175 pounds by authorities. According to King County Sheriff's Office Keller also resided at the home. Though the identities of the victims have not been released yet, local media outlets like KOMO have reported that a couple and their daughter lived in the house.
Police are also searching for information on a 2003 blue-grey Toyota Corolla with a license plate number of 911 YWK, which was initially missing from the home but was discovered parked near the North Bend Library last night around 5 p.m. According to West, police would still like to know how long the vehicle had been parked there.
UPDATE: King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West says via press release that the King County Medical Examiner's Office has determined the two female victims had been shot and died as a result of their gunshot wounds. The names of the victims will not be released until the Medical Examiner's Office confirms positive identification. West also says police are still looking for Peter A. Keller as a person of interest, while noting Keller has not been named a suspect at this time.
From the press release:
King County Sheriff Steve Strachan said, "We have two victims who have been shot and killed, weapons are missing from the house, and we have not been able to contact Keller. We want to talk to him to see if he had any involvement in this case ."
Keller has no known history of violence. He is known to be an avid hiker and has spent many hours hiking the area around North Bend.
Also, KIRO's Chris Legeros tweeted this photo of Keller this afternoon: