Authorities in Washington state have announced their search for a suspect after finding the headless body of a woman Saturday near a bunker heavily fortified with firearms and ammunition.
According to the New York Post, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown confirmed investigators are looking for 34-year-old Jacob Gonzales to question in connection with the grisly discovery.
Reports indicate the decapitated remains of 26-year-old Katherine Cunningham were found on property north of Seattle.
An apparent survivalist compound was found nearby, dug into a hill and packed with an array of supplies.
As the Seattle Times reported, a woman who claimed to know both Cunningham and Gonzales said the two had been in a romantic relationship after meeting in the military.
She said the couple lived in a trailer on Camano Island, where the victim’s body was found, and could not imagine Gonzales being involved in her death.
“It’s just crazy,” she said. “They were in my house, around my kids and I never thought he was capable of something like this.”
Police believe Gonzales might have left Washington en route to California. He is described as a 5-foot 9-inch man weighing 150 pounds with hazel eyes and black hair.
He was initially reported to be driving a 1990 Mitsubishi Montero with Washington tags reading AYE2639, though updates indicate the vehicle has been recovered apart from Gonzales. It was unclear from available reports where the vehicle was found.
Gonzales might now be traveling in a silver compact car, police say.
Police believe he is armed, though they do not believe he intends to commit further acts of violence.
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Anyone who comes in contact with the suspect or knows of his whereabouts is asked not to confront him and instead call 911.
“Based on the evidence, it appears that the victim was specifically targeted and this was not a random act,” a sheriff’s office statement indicated.
[Featured image: Jacob Gonzales/Island County Sheriff’s Office via AP]