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Elderly landlord still missing days after tenant possibly killed him during visit, police say

A Washington man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly killing his landlord, who is still missing since visiting the rental property that weekend.

Everett police said in a statement that deputies responded to the residence after the 67-year-old landlord’s wife reported him missing. She reportedly stated that her husband left for their rental property earlier that day but didn’t return.

According to police, the landlord’s wife drove to their rental property and discovered her husband’s truck and cellphone but no sign of him. The wife allegedly spotted one of the male tenants cleaning blood off the sidewalk before leaving the area.

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Police wrote that responding officers spotted “fresh” blood outside the residence, prompting them to force entry. The landlord wasn’t inside, but officers reportedly discovered more blood.

“Based on their investigation and physical evidence collected, detectives believe the husband was killed by homicidal means and his body was transported from the Madison St rental property by the tenant,” the statement read.

Authorities eventually detained a 40-year-old tenant in Marysville. Police claimed he gave an inconsistent account of events, leading them to book him into jail on probable cause of murder and tampering with physical evidence.

The landlord and tenant’s identities weren’t disclosed. Police said they’ve seized the tenant’s vehicle and intend to execute a search warrant.

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