FINLEY, Wash. – Sheriff’s officials said they have identified the three people found dead on a farm in south-central Washington.
The Tri-City Herald reported that 23-year-old David Perez Saucedo and 19-year-old Victoria Torres were found Saturday near a cornfield in Benton County. KNDU-TV identified the third victim as 23-year-old Abigail Torres, no relation to Virginia Torres. Their hometowns have not been released.
The case is being investigated as a triple homicide.
Authorities say a farmworker found two of the bodies around 6 a.m. Saturday, and Benton County sheriff’s deputies arrived soon afterward and found the third body.
Autopsies are set for today.
Deputies say they’re looking for at least one person who may be responsible for the killings, but members of the community should not be concerned for their safety.
Firefighters progress on biggest Idaho blaze
BOISE – Firefighters continue to make progress in battling Idaho’s largest wildfire.
The Big Cougar fire burning on the Idaho side of the Snake River across from Oregon and Washington is now 40 percent contained.
The fire has burned about 101 square miles.
Firefighters are shifting their efforts to slow the fire’s spread to the east in the Eagle Creek area. Their goal is to keep the fire from crossing the creek.
There are 445 firefighters on the scene.
The fire was started by lightning on Aug. 2.
Elsewhere, firefighters are fighting a new fire near Horseshoe Bend, north of Boise, that’s threatening about a dozen homes.
Also, firefighters have 90 percent containment of several fires burning in North Idaho.
Suspect in 6-year-old’s death due in court
BREMERTON – A 17-year-old boy arrested in the death and sexual assault of a 6-year-old Washington girl is due in court today.
Authorities still haven’t released the name of the suspect, who was arrested Saturday in the Bremerton-area mobile home park from which Jenise Wright had disappeared a week earlier.
He was booked for investigation of second-degree murder, manslaughter and rape, and was scheduled to make an initial appearance at 3 p.m. today in Kitsap County District Court.
Authorities said forensic evidence analyzed by the Washington state crime lab linked him to the crime. Earlier in the week, the sheriff’s office collected DNA cheek swabs from dozens of nearby residents.
A growing memorial at the entrance to the neighborhood includes silver balloons, stuffed animals, lit candles and flowers.
The FBI’s Specialty Search Dogs Unit discovered Jenise’s body on Thursday amid thick brush in a nearby wooded area.