UPDATE: Fourth Person Arrested In Connection To Kidnapping/Murde - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Fourth Person Arrested In Connection To Kidnapping/Murder Investigation

Posted: Updated:
23-Year-Old Dillon Casteel (left) and 33-Year-Old Joseph Gillespie (right) were both arrested for kidnapping. 26-Year-old Domingo Navarro (not pictured) was arrested for kidnapping and murder. 23-Year-Old Dillon Casteel (left) and 33-Year-Old Joseph Gillespie (right) were both arrested for kidnapping. 26-Year-old Domingo Navarro (not pictured) was arrested for kidnapping and murder.

SPOKANE, Wash.- Within days of a reported kidnapping in Spokane and the location of a body in Stevens County, Spokane Police detectives have arrested a 4th person in connection to the on-going investigation.

Spokane Police detectives have arrested 40-year-old Benito Baldovinos-Mendoza and booked him into the Spokane County Jail on two charges of 1st Degree Kidnapping.

Baldovinos-Mendoza was taken into custody yesterday in Pasco, WA. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail last night. This investigation is on-going. Three other people have been arrested as part of the investigation.  The official cause of death and identity of the body located in Stevens County will be released by the Stevens County Coroner.




UPDATE: 
Spokane Police say they have arrested three people in connection to the on-going kidnapping investigation that has evolved into a murder investigation as well after a body was found in Stevens County on Friday. 

Spokane Police Department Communications Director Monique Cotton said detectives have arrested:
  • 23-year-old Dillon L. Casteel in Kootenai County for 1st Degree Kidnapping. Casteel was arrested at an apartment complex in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. 
  • 33-year-old Joseph Gillespie was arrested in Spokane County for two counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping
  • 26-year-old Domingo Valdovinos Navarro was arrested in Spokane County for two counts of 1st Degree Kidnapping and one count of 1st Degree Aggravated Murder
Cotton said the investigation is rapidly evolving and more arrests are possible.

Previous Coverage:

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: Spokane Police Detectives have located a body in a rural area near Long Lake.

The body was located early Friday morning after SPD detectives received information that there may be a body in this area connected to the on-going kidnapping investigation.

The kidnapping victim has been located safely. A search warrant was executed with the assistance of SWAT yesterday at a residence near Maple and Knox. This is the location where the kidnapping was believed to have taken place.

SPD detectives will process the scene where the body was located today. The Medical Examiner will release information on the identity of the body located as well as the official cause of death, when this information is determined.

The kidnapping and the discovery of a body is part of an on-going, multi-agency investigation. Details regarding this investigation are limited due to the nature of the investigation.

BREAKING: SPD is investigating a body found in Tum Tum. It is in connection to the kidnapping investigation from Thursday.
Police tell us the body found is not the person who was kidnapped. On Thursday multiple law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home in the area of Knox & Maple. We'll post more details when we get them.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police: Washington State University QB Tyler Hilinski dead from apparent suicide

    Police: Washington State University QB Tyler Hilinski dead from apparent suicide

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:05 AM EST2018-01-17 07:05:06 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police say at around 4:30 pm, officers responded to the Aspen Village Apartments to check on the welfare of Washington State University football player Tyler Hilinski after he did not show up for practice earlier in the day. Officers arrived and found 21-year-old Hilinski deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - Pullman Police say at around 4:30 pm, officers responded to the Aspen Village Apartments to check on the welfare of Washington State University football player Tyler Hilinski after he did not show up for practice earlier in the day. Officers arrived and found 21-year-old Hilinski deceased in the apartment with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

    >>
  • Brother of Spokane Valley man who drove into Hayden Lake speaks

    Brother of Spokane Valley man who drove into Hayden Lake speaks

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 9:59 PM EST2018-01-17 02:59:29 GMT

    HAYDEN, Idaho - He was a brother, son, father and loved by many. 34-year-old Christopher Lancaster lost his life tragically after crashing his car into Hayden Lake over the weekend. Now his family wants his memory to live on. Chris' brother, Dustin, say Chris had just gotten a new IT job on Friday. Now he leaves behind two sons.

    >>

    HAYDEN, Idaho - He was a brother, son, father and loved by many. 34-year-old Christopher Lancaster lost his life tragically after crashing his car into Hayden Lake over the weekend. Now his family wants his memory to live on. Chris' brother, Dustin, say Chris had just gotten a new IT job on Friday. Now he leaves behind two sons.

    >>
  • Coug nation reacts to death of WSU QB Tyler Hilinski

    Coug nation reacts to death of WSU QB Tyler Hilinski

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 1:09 AM EST2018-01-17 06:09:22 GMT

    PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University community and Coug fans everywhere continue to mourn after news broke that 21-year-old quarterback Tyler Hilinski took his own life Tuesday afternoon. Friends, fans and family took to social media with the hashtag #RIP3 to discuss the loss of a special young man and a talented athlete.

    >>

    PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University community and Coug fans everywhere continue to mourn after news broke that 21-year-old quarterback Tyler Hilinski took his own life Tuesday afternoon. Friends, fans and family took to social media with the hashtag #RIP3 to discuss the loss of a special young man and a talented athlete.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump's alternate reality marks presidency

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump's alternate reality marks presidency

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:25 PM EST2018-01-17 19:25:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON - For all his errant swings at the facts, President Donald Trump sometimes gets it just right. "There's been no first year like this," he told a Florida rally last month. Were truer words ever spoken? This Department of Corrections has certainly never seen a first year like this.

    >>

    WASHINGTON - For all his errant swings at the facts, President Donald Trump sometimes gets it just right. "There's been no first year like this," he told a Florida rally last month. Were truer words ever spoken? This Department of Corrections has certainly never seen a first year like this. Falsehoods and exaggerations have tumbled relentlessly out of Trump's Twitter account, speeches and interviews, the vast majority in service of his ego. 

    >>
  • Following controversial suicide video, YouTube will now have humans review videos from most popular creators

    Following controversial suicide video, YouTube will now have humans review videos from most popular creators

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 12:21 PM EST2018-01-17 17:21:23 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - Google says humans will now review video from its most popular YouTube creators after recent complaints.   The videos being targeted are ones Google packages to advertisers as "preferred" content. While Google has had human reviewers before, it relies heavily on software to flag potential problems. YouTube was criticized for moving too slowly after one of its stars, Logan Paul, posted video of what appears to be a suicide victim.

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - Google says humans will now review video from its most popular YouTube creators after recent complaints.   The videos being targeted are ones Google packages to advertisers as "preferred" content. While Google has had human reviewers before, it relies heavily on software to flag potential problems. YouTube was criticized for moving too slowly after one of its stars, Logan Paul, posted video of what appears to be a suicide victim.

    >>
  • Divers discover possibly largest flooded cave on planet

    Divers discover possibly largest flooded cave on planet

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 12:07 PM EST2018-01-17 17:07:30 GMT

    KHQ.COM - A group of divers have connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet. The discovery could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilization. The project dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan Peninsula, said the 216-mile cave was identified after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - A group of divers have connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet. The discovery could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilization. The project dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan Peninsula, said the 216-mile cave was identified after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels.

    >>