Man, 84, held in suspected slaying of tenant near Everett

The 49-year-old victim has not been heard from since Aug. 28. Detectives believe he is dead.

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrested an 84-year-old man Friday in connection with the suspected death of a man renting a room in the suspect’s residence near Everett.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit responded Thursday to reports of “an apparent homicide” in the 8800 block of Del Campo Drive, just east of Everett, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The Violent Offender Task Force arrested the suspect while he was driving his vehicle on Friday near the intersection of Everett Avenue and Wetmore Avenue in Everett.

The presumed victim, a 49-year-old Everett man, has not been heard from since Aug. 28.

Detectives learned of a verbal altercation outside the residence between the suspect and the apparent victim on that day, the Sheriff’s Office said. “Several residents nearby heard multiple gunshots following the verbal altercation,” and detectives believe the man is dead. Detectives “have not located the victim and believe the suspect transported the victim’s body from the residence,” according to the news release.

The investigation is still active, the Sheriff’s Office said. Information related to the case can be reported to the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 425-388-3845.

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