Lost couple feared man sought in their disappearance

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 8:47 AM

When they sued other neighbors over a property dispute more than two years ago, they avoided naming him as a defendant because they didn't wish to irk him, their former lawyer said Monday.

Lost couple feared man sought in their disappearance

Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude worried about getting on the incorrect side of the man who lived a tiny ways up an elderly logging road from their 21-acre spread along the Stillaguamish River.

When they sued other neighbors over a property dispute more than two years ago, they avoided naming him as a defendant because they didn't wish to irk him, their former lawyer said Monday.

But presently the couple is lost and presumed murdered, and investigators are trying to track down the man, John Blaine Reed, fifty-three, along with his brother, Tony Clyde Reed, forty-nine. Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said surveillance video linked them to the dumping of the victims' cars over an embankment in a remote, wooded area close Oso, about fifty miles north-northeast of Seattle.

Both brothers had previously been convicted of felonies, the sheriff'south office said, though it didn't release details about their backgrounds.

"They weren't looking forward to any kind of conflict with Mr. Reed," the couple'south former lawyer, Thomas Adams, said Monday. "They didn't wish to provoke any kind of an issue with him."

Neighbors reported Shunn, forty-five, and Patenaude, forty-six, lost latest Tuesday, after noticing that their animals hadn't been cared for. A crew in a Snohomish County Sheriff'south Office helicopter found their vehicles two days later a few miles N of their residence in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

After searching the vehicles and the residence where John Reed recently lived, detectives concluded the couple had been murdered. Their bodies haven't been found, but investigators continued searching Monday.

They were also looking for the Reeds, whom they described as armed and dangerous. John Reed'south car was found in Ellensburg, in central Washington, on Saturday, and detectives said the brothers had taken their parents' red two thousand seven Volkswagen EOS Coupe, with WA plates AXH5106.

The grim mystery played out on land abutting the nation'south worst landslide disaster, the two thousand fourteen Oso landslide, which wiped out a rural neighborhood and killed forty-three people. In an interview shortly afterward, John Reed told The Seattle Times he watched the slide as it roared past his front yard.

"This mountain of dirt taller than any trees close me slice off my view love a curtain," he said. "And it shot right in front of me, right by my house."

The county bought out Reed'south house latest mo to ease any risks from future flooding, but investigators believe Reed had been returning to the residence since then, the sheriff'south office said.

Sheriff'south spokeswoman Shari Ireton said she didn't have information about any controversy between Shunn and Patenaude and John Reed, but that others had described it as a property dispute.

In two thousand-thirteenth, Shunn and Patenaude joined two other property owners in suing neighbors David and Shelly Dick over the utilize of the elderly logging road, which crosses their property. They alleged that the Dicks had been allowing people to trespass on their land with recreational vehicles so that they could access an unoccupied riverfront package owned by the Dicks.

Latest month, the Dicks filed a motion asking the Ct to dismiss the complaint.

John Reed'south property was further along the logging road, and he too used it regularly, but the couple didn't wish to sue him, Adams said. It'south possible he'd a right to utilize the road because of his historical practice of doing so, Adams said, but the couple was also concerned because of things they'd heard about him — though precisely what they'd heard remains unclear.

John Reed has been cited for a no of mostly minor offenses, including driving without a license and collecting wood without a permit, for which he was fined $87. He served five years on Dept of Corrections supervision in the late one thousand nine hundred ninety for attempting to evade police in Whatcom County.

Tony Reed has amassed dozens of arrests and twice was below state supervision — from one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine to one thousand nine hundred ninety-one on drug charges, and from one thousand nine hundred ninety-four to two thousand three for three misdemeanors, one count of attempting to evade police and one count of third-degree assault.

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