Detectives here hope to find Oso murder weapon near Mexico

Patrick Shunn (left) and Monique Patenaude. (Family photo)

Patrick Shunn (left) and Monique Patenaude. (Family photo)

OSO — Police are asking for help finding the gun that was used to kill an Oso couple last year.

Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives believe the weapon was abandoned somewhere along the U.S.-Mexico border in eastern California or western Arizona.

John Reed, 54, has been accused of killing his neighbors Patrick Shunn and his wife Monique Patenaude in April 2016. They were shot execution-style and buried a few miles from their rural home.

The Reed brothers allegedly fled to Mexico after the homicides. Tony Reed turned himself in and led detectives to the bodies of the slain couple. John Reed was caught by Mexican authorities a couple months later and turned over to sheriff’s deputies. He is scheduled to go to trial in February for two counts of aggravated murder.

Tony Reed was sentenced to 14 months in prison for helping bury the bodies and disposing of the couple’s vehicles.

The sheriff’s office asks that people living in those California and Arizona communities keep a look out for a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a .357 revolver.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office anonymous tip line at 425-388-3845.

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