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August 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Authorities search for suspects in Benton County triple slaying

The Associated Press

FINLEY, Wash. — Investigators said Monday that they were searching for those responsible for the deaths of three people found on a farm in south-central Washington over the weekend but that residents should not worry about their safety.

The slayings were not the work of a serial killer, Lt. Chuck Jones of the Benton County sheriff’s office said, without elaborating on the circumstances of the killings. He would not say if the deaths were related to drugs or gang activity.

“We have one or more suspects running around. They’re obviously a danger to law enforcement,” he said, adding that the office was not ready to release details about the homicide investigation.

A farmworker found two of the bodies about 6 a.m. Saturday, and deputies who arrived soon afterward discovered the third body.

David Perez Saucedo, 23, Victoria Torres, 19, were found dead near a cornfield in Benton County. The third victim, Abigail Torres, 23, was not related to Virginia Torres. Their hometowns have not been released.

The medical examiner’s office worked on autopsies Monday.

“We have made significant progress,” Jones said of the investigation. “We’re still actively working the case.”

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