PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- (KCPQ) -- Kitsap County sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to solve a quadruple murder.
“This is obviously a tragic event that affects not just the family but the entire community, someone willing to kill an entire family like this,” said Det. Lt. Earl Smith.
Just before 11:30 p.m. last Friday, deputies received a desperate 911 call for help from a house in Seabeck near Lake Tahuyeh. When first responders arrived, they found a burning home and three bodies inside — 16-year-old Hunter Schaap, 16-year-old Johnathon Higgins and his mom, 37-year-old Christale Careaga. Investigators say all three were the victims of homicidal violence.
The following day, 43-year-old John Careaga was found murdered in his burned-out Ford F150 pickup truck on a tree farm on NE Dewatto-Holly Road, south of Forest Springs Road in Mason County.
“We've forensically processed that truck. We're taking evidence to the crime lab. We processed the residence where the three individuals were found murdered,” said Smith.
Investigators are getting help from the FBI and ATF as they work to put together a time line of events.
“I think that they probably had more of an interest in Johnny, only because he was found at a different location and if you know any information about Johnny, good or bad, we would ask that you call the sheriff's office and talk with us about what you know,” Smith said.
Detectives are hoping a $4,000 reward being offered by Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound will help give them the leads they need to solve the case.
“We want to hear all the information. Not just the good. If there's some good, great. If there's some bad, great. If it's just the information about these individuals, that's what we want to hear about,” Smith said.
Submit the information using the P3 Tips App on your phone or by calling 1-800-22-TIPS. It is guaranteed to be anonymous. You can also send the information to detectives through P3Tips.com.
Investigators are also asking for any surveillance video facing the roadway in the areas of the following roads between Friday (01-27-2017) at 7 p.m. until Sunday (01-29-2017) at 2 p.m. If you have video during these time frames, you are asked to call Detective Lissa Gundrum at (360) 337-5669.
- Gold Creek Road
- Bear Creek Dewatto Road
- Dewatto Road
- Dewatto-Holly Road
- Elfendahl Pass Road
- Tahuya Blacksmith Road
- Tee Lake Road