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Bodies Of Man, Girl Found In Bellevue Home

Associated Press

The decomposing bodies of a man and a girl believed to be his daughter have been found at his house nine days after he was last seen alive.

Police Capt. William Ferguson said the grim discovery was made late Saturday after the 52-year-old man’s former wife reported no response at the home since she attempted to pick up their 4-year-old daughter Aug. 28.

A neighbor said he last saw the man alive that day at the home just east of Robinswood Park in this suburb east of Seattle.

The bodies remained unidentified pending an autopsy today at the King County medical examiner’s office.

Detectives were not immediately able to determine how long the two had been dead. A semiautomatic pistol was found near the man, but decomposition made it unclear whether they had been shot, Ferguson said.

Also found dead in the house were two dogs that appeared to have been shot, he added.

The house was locked, and there was no evidence of disarray, break-in or missing goods, police said.

“The mother that came out here is not a suspect at this time,” Ferguson said.

She told police she and the man were divorced in June 1996 and remained at odds over child support and custody. The woman was awarded custody of the girl, and the father was given visiting rights.

Ferguson said police were called to the house to monitor custody exchanges in July and September 1996 and to check on “a loud party” in September 1996 and a “malicious mischief” complaint by the man on July 26, 1997.

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