MARYSVILLE — Marysville detectives arrested a murder suspect who then admitted to the killing, police announced Friday afternoon.
Anthony Boggess, 30, was taken into custody Friday in Seattle.
The night before , police had put out a public bulletin saying he was wanted for questioning in the killing of James Thrower, 65, of Marysville.
On Tuesday, a coworker went to Thrower’s home in the 5000 block of 88th Street NE to check on him after he missed work.
The coworker arrived and saw Boggess at the home, police wrote in a news release. Boggess, described as an acquaintance of Thrower, reportedly told the coworker about an “altercation” and fled before police arrived.
The coworker found Thrower’s body in the garage, police said. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office determined he had been strangled.
Detectives found evidence at the scene that Boggess tried to start a fire after the attack, Marysville police officer TJ San Miguel told The Daily Herald.
Propane, gas, and other things left in the dwelling suggested a planned arson. But police believe the suspect’s plan to destroy evidence of the deadly crime was thwarted when the coworker showed up to check on Thrower.
“It appears that he didn’t quite have time,” San Miguel said.
Marysville Police Department investigators issued a public notice Thursday night that they wanted help to find Boggess.
He was located Friday afternoon with the help of the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force and arrested “without incident,” police said.
Boggess reportedly confessed to police he planned to set a fire.
The suspect and Thrower knew each other, San Miguel said.
“It sounds like there had been some history of issues between the two folks,” the officer said.
Boggess was booked into the Snohomish County Jail in Everett for investigation of second-degree murder and first-degree attempted arson.