Police arrested a 28-year-old Spokane man Friday afternoon and are questioning him about a body that was found in a shallow grave near Eloika Lake.
Alan G. Rochek was arrested while driving a car in downtown Spokane, Police Chief Terry Mangan said. He is being questioned in what Mangan and Spokane County Sheriff John Goldman said is a probable murder, although no charges have been filed.
The identity of the white male whose body was found Friday morning has not been released. Mangan said the victim has been tentatively identified, but that an autopsy is needed.
“We believe it is a person who was the subject of a missing person report,” Mangan said.
Police and sheriff’s officials received tips that led them to the grave along a dirt road about 20 miles north of Spokane.
In an unusual joint press conference at the Public Safety Building, Mangan and Goldman said they expected more developments in a case “that is not run-of-the-mill.”
They would not say how old the victim was nor his possible relation to Rochek.
Although the body was found near the lake, evidence suggests the crime occurred in Spokane, the press release reported.
Rochek, whose last known address was 3115 E. Carlisle, also was arrested in February by Washington State Patrol troopers. At that time, he was driving a car with another man and was arrested for possession of weapons and drugs.