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UPDATE: Arrest Made In Hangman Valley Homicide Case; Suspect Due In Court

(27-year-old Ryan D. Corkery) (27-year-old Ryan D. Corkery)

UPDATE: Anthony Gomes just called the newsroom to say that Corkery is not sure if he still wants to do the interview....we'll keep you posted Look for Anthony's Report tonight on KHQ Local News at 5 and 6.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Following investigative efforts by the Spokane County Sheriff's major crimes unit, Spokane Valley Police patrol and Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, a suspect was located Wednesday afternoon and charged in connection with Tuesday's house fire on South Player Drive.

27-year-old Ryan D. Corkery was arrested on probable cause for First-Degree Murder and First-Degree Arson. The suspect was located and taken into custody at a Spokane Valley motel on North Hutchinson Road in Spokane Valley.

Corkery was considered a person of interest following discovery of the fire and death of William Frazier Hanel. Detectives believed he might be driving Hanel's Jeep Wagoneer which was located Wednesday morning at the Linger Longer Lounge near the motel.

Corkery had an outstanding Dept. of Corrections escape warrant, and members of the violent offender task force had been tracking him off and on prior to the fire.

Investigators from Spokane City, Spokane County Fire District 8 and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue investigation into the arson fire.

Corkery is scheduled to make his first court appearance any day now.

 

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