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Spokane domestic violence suspect found dead in Stevens County

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 20, 2020

A Spokane man accused of tying up his girlfriend and beating her with a baseball bat has been found dead in Stevens County.

Spokane police Sgt. Terry Preuninger confirmed the death of Andrew Beitel, 46, on Monday.

Preuninger did not disclose any information about the circumstances of Beitel’s death or the precise location where his body was found. Stevens County authorities are investigating.

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner Lorrie Sampson did not immediately return messages seeking comment Monday.

Police had been searching for Beitel since early Saturday, when a woman used an Amazon Alexa device to call 911, saying Beitel had tied up and assaulted her at a home in the 2000 block of South Grand Boulevard, near Manito Park.

After the attack, the woman was hospitalized with injuries that police described as serious but not life-threatening.

Police had urged people to call 911 if they saw Beitel, saying he was dangerous and suicidal.

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