Slain woman’s car found in Northern California

Police still seek a man who lived on the Camano property where the woman was found beheaded.

CAMANO ISLAND — A car belonging to a woman found killed on Camano Island early this month has been found abandoned along I-5 in Northern California, the Island County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

A Honda that had belonged to Katherine Cunningham, 26, was impounded by California Highway Patrol near Yreka, California. It will be brought back to Island County for processing, the sheriff’s office said.

Cunningham’s body was found the afternoon of March 3, on undeveloped land off Tamarack Lane. She had been beheaded.

Detectives want to talk with Jacob Gonzales, 33, who lived in a trailer on the property. Officials say a makeshift bunker was found dug into a hillside on the property. It was stocked with guns and ammunition.

Island County prosecutors have charged Gonzales with motor vehicle theft and five counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, the sheriff’s office said in a press release. He is now being sought on an arrest warrant with bail set at $1 million. Gonzales was banned from possessing firearms after being convicted of exhibiting gross negligence while shooting a gun at his former home in Los Banos, California. The incident resulted in the SWAT team being called to his neighborhood.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Monroe woman missing since Tuesday, says sheriff’s office

Kenna Harris, 25, was last seen leaving her family’s home and was reportedly on her way to Walmart.

Tyler Chism was diagnosed with COVID-19 and is currently cleared, by CDC standards, but chooses to remain indoors at home on March 20 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Gallery: Life in Snohomish County as coronavirus takes hold

A collection of images by our staff photographers from our COVID-19 coverage over the past month.

Closed Edmonds car lot dodged hundreds of thousands in taxes

For years, Kero’s Auto Brokers greatly underreported its sales, and how much it owed the state.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Thursday news conference here

He will be joined by state health officials to give an update on the coronavirus response.

Victims of 2 Snohomish County homicides are identified

In unrelated cases, a man died of a gunshot in Lynnwood, and an Everett landlord died of blunt-force trauma.

Final farewells continue, but few are allowed to say goodbye

Rules for funerals limit attendees to immediate family. In Darrington, a memorial tradition is on hold.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Wednesday news conference here

He is expected to discuss the need for manufacturers to provide personal protective equipment.

School supplies: 64,380 gloves, 1,575 masks for PPE drive

Districts dig into supply closets to help frontline workers. Others pitch in, too.

Get comfortable: Governor extends stay-home order to May 4

As in other states, demand for intensive health care due to COVID-19 is expected to peak later in April.

Most Read