A Fort Lewis soldier has been arrested for investigation of murder in the slayings of his wife and 9-month-old daughter.
Herbert L. Boissineau, 26, was booked Monday night into the Pierce County Jail.
The bodies of Boissineau’s 21-year-old wife, Anita, and their daughter, Kirah, were found by a family friend Sunday morning in the family’s apartment in suburban Parkland.
Boissineau’s car was spotted Monday afternoon at a local motel, Pierce County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Carder said. Officers surrounded the motel, knocked on his room door about 5:45 p.m. and arrested him without incident, Carder said.
Mrs. Boissineau’s throat appeared to have been slashed, and the child had suffered trauma, Lt. Richard Rice said. Autopsies were performed Monday, but results were not immediately available.
Rice refused to say what evidence linked Herbert Boissineau to the deaths.
Boissineau had fled Fort Lewis on Sunday after his commanding officer called him in to talk, Carder said. He failed to report to work Monday at the post, where he was a heavy equipment operator, Fort Lewis spokesman Maj. Bill Costello said.
Police said Mrs. Boissineau was a Colorado native and her husband is a Canadian who lists his legal address as Albuquerque, N.M.
Boissineau has been posted at Fort Lewis for two years and is with Company B, 864th Engineer Battalion, Costello said. Before Fort Lewis, he was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where the Army engineer school is located.