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COURT DOCUMENTS: Murder Suspect Told Stepfather He Had 'Just Killed A Girl'

Picture of Michelle Koenen taken during her high school years at Gonzaga Prep in the early 80's. Picture of Michelle Koenen taken during her high school years at Gonzaga Prep in the early 80's.
Michelle Koenen Michelle Koenen

SPOKANE, Wash. - Murder suspect Tony Callihan apparently went to his stepfather's house after he killed Michelle Koenen last week. According to court documents released Wednesday morning he told his stepfather last Friday he had "just killed a girl." He said he met her at a "meth party", shoved her and choked her.

On December 6th at 10:00 p.m. Callihan went to his stepfather's house, Kenneth Felix, and was driving a vehicle now known to be the victim's, Michelle Koenen. Callihan had a conversation with his stepfather at the time and Felix chastised him for driving because Callihan's license is suspended. Callihan told his step dad, "Don't worry about that, that's the least of my worries."

Before leaving, Callihan borrowed money from Felix and collected a number of clothes. According to court documents, Felix later told detectives that Callihan was nervous, fidgety and "freaking out."

The next morning Callihan returned once more to Felix's home. This time he appeared to be even more bothered and upset, but this time he let out the detail that he had "just killed a girl." According to court documents, Callihan told Felix that it was a girl in a house near the Broadway Market. Callihan described the house as being "bright yellow and next to a house that was boarded up."

The stepfather knew of the home Callihan told him about because he thought Tony had a possible girlfriend or someone he was seeing there. Once he obtained the information he called the Spokane Police Department and told 9-1-1 what Callihan had said. Two officers arrived on scene and entered the home with a key provided by the landlord. That is when they found Michelle Koenen dead with trauma to her face, lying in bed.

Tony Callihan remains on the run as of Wednesday morning. Earlier this week he was spotted in Ellensburg stealing gas and now police believe he may be out of the area. If you have any information about the location of Callihan you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
 
A memorial fund has been set up. The account is at Numerica Credit Union under the title Michelle Koenen Memorial or account number #743205. Any donations received that exceed funeral costs will be donated to the Crime Victims Compensation program to help assist others in these terrible situations.

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BREAKING: Murder suspect Tony Callihan admitted to his stepfather that he "just killed a girl," according to newly released court documents. Callihan has been on the run since police believe he strangled Michelle Koenen, 48, last week.

UPDATE: Tony Callihan was last seen in Ellensburg, WA. on Monday stealing gas from a CWU maintenance truck.

The vehicle that he was in (a Dodge Stratus) belongs to the victim. Contact 911 if you see Callihan or  his vehicle is located.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Medical Examiner has identified the victim in Friday's homicide at a house in the 2300 block of West Broadway as Michelle Koenen. The cause of death is listed as strangulation.

Spokane Police are still searching for Tony T. Callihan, the suspect in the murder. 

Callihan is described as a white male, about 6 ft. tall and 190 lbs. with brown hair, brown eyes.

He was last seen in possession of a Light Green (may appear to be gray) 2000 Dodge Stratus with 4 doors. The vehicle has WA license plates 474 WRH. The vehicle belongs to victim of a homicide that occurred. Callihan is a suspect in this homicide and is also wanted on an Escape from Community Custody warrant.

Detectives believe he is still in Spokane and ask citizens to be on the look-out for him. If you have any information call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Press Release From The Spokane Police Department: 

Spokane Police are searching for a wanted man believed to be connected to a second homicide today in west-central Spokane.  Tony T. Callihan (08-30-1974) is suspected of killing a male victim and stealing the homicide victims vehicle. Detectives believe he is still in Spokane and ask citizens to be on the look-out for him. If you have any information call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Callihan is described as a white male, about 6 ft. tall and 190 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen in possession of a Light Green (may appear to be gray) 2000 Dodge Stratus with  4 doors. The vehicle has WA license plates 474 WRH. The vehicle belongs to victim of a homicide that occurred. Callihan is a suspect in this homicide and is also wanted on an Escape from Community Custody warrant.

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UPDATE: Police are officially calling the death suspicious.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Major Crimes detectives are investigating a second body found in West-Central Spokane near 2300 W. Broadway. The body was discovered early Friday evening. It's not clear at this hour if the victim is a male or female.

As soon as we get more details we'll post them here on KHQ.com, Facebook and our Twitter news feed.

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