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UPDATE: Body Found In Wash. Mountain Bunker

NORTH BEND, Wash. - Authorities in Washington state say they've found a body in an elaborate bunker they had surrounded in the Cascade Mountains, and it appears to be that of a man wanted for killing his wife and teenage daughter last weekend.

The King County Sheriff's Office sent word via Twitter on Saturday that they'd found the body, nearly 23 hours after they first located the structure carved into the side of Rattlesnake Ridge east of Seattle.

The suspect was 41-year-old Peter Keller, a heavily armed survivalist not seen since the killings at his home last weekend. Keller had spent nearly eight years building the bunker.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Previous Coverage:

NORTH BEND, Wash. - Police who surrounded the rugged underground bunker of a Washington state murder suspect now have negotiators on scene trying to lure its occupant outside.

King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West says a team of the department's hostage negotiators were dropped Saturday morning by helicopter into the Cascade Mountain foothills east of Seattle where 41-year-old Peter Keller is believed to be holed up.

Keller has not been seen since a fire at his North Bend-area home Sunday led responders to discover the bodies of his wife and daughter. The two had been shot to death.

West says the negotiators are trying to contact whoever is in the bunker by bullhorn and other means. SWAT teams who surrounded the bunker overnight reported having seen lights go on and off inside.

 

 

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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