A Washington teen who disappeared last week has been found and charged with murder, Olympia officials say.
Gabriel Michael Davies and another teen, identified only as a 16-year-old male, have been arrested and charged with suspected burglary, second-degree murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm. The charges stem from the death of a man, 51, found shot dead in his Orting home, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Davies disappeared Wednesday while supposedly on his way to football practice at an Olympia high school. Witnesses told police that they saw the teen going into Millersylvania State Park. Police first located Davies’ vehicles, then a day later, found him 13600 block of Tilley Road Southwest, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said.
Davies was found under “suspicious circumstances,” investigators added. Numerous items were found close to where the teen’s vehicle, including blood and a smashed cell phone.
Davies was booked into the Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center on Friday, The Chronicle reports.
“Deputies were able to gain access into the house to do a welfare check and they located the man deceased inside the home,” Pierce County police said. “The man had a gunshot wound, but no firearm was nearby.”
“Deputies called for detectives and forensic investigators to respond to the scene. Detectives spent Thursday and Friday processing the scene and collecting evidence. Friday night our detectives had enough evidence for probable cause to arrest two suspects in this case. Just after 8 p.m. both of our suspects, two 16-year-old males, were taken into custody.”
The News Tribune reports that the victim was the boyfriend of Davies’ mother. Davies and his mother reportedly lived with the victim for several years.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
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