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Human remains found where Culps claimed to have killed missing man

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

The FBI confirmed Friday that it found human remains in the Medicine Valley of the Yakama Indian Reservation that could be linked to a killing by a man accused in the death of a Cheney pot shop employee last month.

Donovan Culps, the man who allegedly killed the Cheney pot shop worker, told KHQ in a jailhouse interview Tuesday that he also killed another man last summer in the Medicine Valley area of the Yakama Indian Reservation.

The FBI isn’t “confirming or denying” if Culps is connected, FBI spokesman Christian Parker said in an email.

Culps was interviewed by the FBI on Sept. 14 after allegedly kidnapping and killing Cameron Smith for refusing to sell him marijuana. In that same interview, Culps was asked about the disappearance of a man on the Yakama reservation who had been missing for two months.

“I killed him,” Culps answered, according to court documents. The missing man’s name was not provided. The FBI and Yakama Tribal Police wouldn’t release the man’s name due to the investigation.

The FBI said it found the remains in September and is still working to identify them. The case is under investigation.

On Tuesday, Culps told KHQ’s Haley Guenthner that he slit the missing man’s throat in an act of revenge near a Medicine Valley water tower and left his body outside.

Authorities have not confirmed if Culps is connected to the missing man’s murder or if the man is dead.

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