Spanaway man charged with killing ex-wife is found dead

  • Mon Jul 9th, 2012 10:31pm
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Associated Press

KIRKLAND — A Spanaway man charged with killing his ex-wife has been found dead.

The News Tribune reports that landscapers found the body of 49-year-old Scott Kagawa on Monday in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland.

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators said they think he committed suicide.

Rita Kagawa disappeared from her apartment May 18. A hiker found her body in late June off a state highway near Yelm on Joint Base Lewis-McChord property.

Scott Kagawa disappeared after being interviewed by sheriff’s detectives about his ex-wife’s death. His car was found July 2 in Kirkland with a six-page, handwritten suicide note.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Scott Kagawa with first-degree murder on July 5. In charging papers, they alleged he killed his ex-wife because he owed her a $67,000 settlement in military retirement benefits. The couple divorced in 1997.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Scott Kagawa’s death “pretty much closes the case.”