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April 25, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Warrant issued for North Bend man in slaying of wife, daughter

Peter Keller

Peter Keller

The King County Sheriff’s Office has obtained an arrest warrant for Peter Keller in connection with the slaying of his wife and daughter. Keller is being sought for investigation of two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Read the charging documents here.

A King County Superior Court judge issued a no-bail arrest warrant after prosecutors charged Keller with the shooting deaths of his wife Lynnettee, 41, and daughter Kaylene, 19, and arson for allegedly torching his North Bend home early Sunday.

Inititally, investigators called Keller a person of interest in the deaths of the two women, whose bodies were found Sunday in their burning North Bend home. Both had been shot to death. 

Firefighters responded to the home in the 47200 block of Southeast 159th Street near Twin Falls State Park around 8:30 a.m. Firefighters found several gas cans scattered throughout the house with varying amounts of gasoline inside them.

Keller, 41, is an avid hiker who remains at large and is possibly hiding out in the woods surrounding North Bend, sheriff’s officials said earlier this week.

According to Kaylene’s boyfriend, Keller – who owned several large-caliber rifles and handguns – was “preparing for the end of the world” and had stockpiled a fort in the woods with extra supplies, charging papers say. The boyfriend told investigators that he didn’t think his girlfriend or her mother knew the location of the fort, the papers say.

One of Keller’s coworkers told detectives Keller also owned rifle scopes, silencers and body armor, but kept those purchases a secret from his wife because of they were so expensive, charging papers say. The couple had been married for 21 years.

Keller, who worked in Preston, only worked Tuesday and Wednesday last week and had scheduled to be off Monday, Thursday and Friday, the papers say. When another coworker asked him when he was going to return to work, Keller allegedly responded “that he may not come back next week, the week after that or maybe never,” charging papers say.

Keller apparently purchased a new laptop within the last couple weeks, but it wasn’t found by detectives, who recovered the rest of the family’s computers, the papers say.

Two days before the shootings, Keller withdrew $6,200 from his bank account, charging papers say. Along with his guns, Keller’s mountain bike was missing from the home and a safe with a combination lock was left open, the papers say.

Arson investigators believe the fire was started in the kitchen: One of the gas cans was placed in a skillet on the stove and the stove was turned on, igniting the kitchen cabinets and spreading through the residence, the papers say.

The family pets – a dog and a cat – were also found shot inside the house, according to charging papers.

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