Sheriff: Woman found dead near bunker of weapons was killed

Her body was discovered on Camano Island on Saturday.

CAMANO ISLAND — A dead woman found on Camano Island this weekend appears to be the victim of a homicide, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Island County deputies were alerted to the discovery of the body around 2:30 p.m. Saturday on undeveloped land off Tamarack Lane, near the south end of the island.

Detectives believe she had been dead for days. Her identity, age and cause of death had not been confirmed Monday. So far, evidence suggests the woman was killed by someone who targeted her, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies obtained court permission to search the property. Near the body, they found a bunker dug into a hill. In the bunker were “supplies, firearms and ammunition,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Detectives were working to identify a suspect. Sheriff Mark Brown declined to release further information Monday.

Tips can be directed to detective Ed Wallace at 360-679-9567, or tips@co.island.wa.us.

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