Stevens County homicide suspect Morgan L. Beadle was arrested near the Canadian Border Thursday afternoon.
Beadle, 30, is suspected of killing his step-grandfather, 68-year-old Timothy L. Roberts, on April 15. Beadle was seen in the area when Roberts’ home in the 800 block of South Fork Mill Creek Road burned down that day. Roberts’ body was found downstream of his property in Mill Creek on Monday.
Capt. Andy Harbolt of the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were using Spokane Police Department dogs to search for Beadle near Kettle Falls Thursday when they got a tip from a citizen. The person reported seeing Beadle at a campground on Pierre Lake up near the Canadian Border, Harbolt said.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was the first to arrive and spotted Beadle and another man walking down the road but reported that neither would identify themselves. Harbolt went to the location on Pierre Lake Road to confirm Beadle’s identity.
“I got to put the handcuffs on him,” Harbolt said.
Other agencies that participated in the search for Beadle included the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Park Service, Washington State Patrol, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Colville Police Department.
Beadle is expected to make his first court appearance on a charge of first-degree murder on Friday.
Harbolt said investigators are still searching for evidence and he could not release information on how Richards died.
Anyone who had contact with Beadle since April 15 is asked to call the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 684-2555.
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