Detectives Track Murder Suspect Using GPS
SPOKANE, Wash. – A brother and sister are in jail accused of first degree murder after authorities used a GPS tracking device to link one of them to the scene of a brutal murder.
Authorities tracked Breeanna Sims to the area of Bigelow Gulch and Forker Roads on Friday using GPS technology and agent surveillance. Detectives say she was trying to recover a gun used to kill Nicholas Thoreson days earlier. After arresting Breeanna detectives found a .38 revolved and 12-gauge-shotgun in the area where the body of Thoreson was found Tuesday night in the trunk of his burning Ford Thunderbird.
Taylor Wolf was arrested Thursday night after interviews with Thoreson's friends, family members and neighbors. Detectives also placed Breeanna Sims and her brother, Justice, under surveillance and arrested them separately the next night. Justice was arrested several miles away as he left his apartment complex in north Spokane on Friday.
The Sims face charges of first-degree murder, second-degree arson and first degree kidnapping related to the cases. Prosecutors asked their bond be set at one million dollars.
Authorities have not released a motive in Thoreson's killing and say several possibilities remain under investigation. No more arrests are anticipated, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Thoreson died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.
His death was the first homicide of 2011 in Spokane County.
KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.
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