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The Today File

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November 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Police: Man sought in Port Orchard slaying in custody

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David Kalac (Portland Police Bureau photo)

Update at 9 p.m.:  The man wanted in connection with the slaying of a Port Orchard woman is in custody, according to the Wilsonville Police Department.

David Michael Kalac was taken into custody by officers in Wilsonville, south of Portland, after he turned himself in to a deputy, police said.

Kalac was taken into custody without incident.

Update at 6 p.m.: Police say they have found a car believed stolen by a man charged with killing his girlfriend, posting pictures of her body online and writing that he wanted authorities to find and kill him.

Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson says police in Portland found the dead woman’s car abandoned late Wednesday afternoon. Wilson says there was no sign of Amber Lynn Coplin’s live-in boyfriend, David Kalac, now charged with second-degree murder in her death.

Portland police briefly chased the car early Wednesday.

Wilson says deputies have confirmed that gruesome photos posted on a website are of the victim and the Port Orchard crime scene. The woman’s body was found Tuesday by her 13-year-old son.

Update at 2:05 p.m.: In the certification for probable cause used to obtain an arrest warrant for David Michael Kalac, 33, sheriff’s deputies say the victim, Amanda Lynn Coplin, was found by her 13-year-old son.

They also say Coplin had been living with Kalac and that neighbors heard a loud fight at their apartment the night before Coplin’s  body was found.

Deputies said they found writing on a picture that said, “she killed me first” and the words “bad news” were printed elsewhere in the home.

In addition, Coplin’s purse had been dumped out and the word “dead” was written on the victim’s license, according to the court document. Sheriff’s deputies also said in the court document that the crime scene matched the images previously posted on the Internet of a deceased female.

Updated at 11:50 a.m.: Portland police said they spotted the victim’s gold 2001 Ford Focus around 1:15 Wednesday morning at Southeast Ninth Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

Officers tried to pull the car over, but the driver sped away and led police on a pursuit across the Ross Island Bridge and southbound on Southwest Barbur Boulevard, according to the Portland Police Bureau. Police ended the chase when the driver of the Focus began swerving into oncoming traffic.

The Focus was last seen speeding south on Barbur Boulevard passing Taylors Ferry Road, according to police.

Portland police believe the man wanted in connection with the slaying of a Port Orchard woman was driving the car.

Portland police have identified him as 33-year-old David Kalac, who is wanted  on a warrant for second-degree murder out of Kitsap County.

Kalac is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees the car or Kalac is asked immediately call 911.

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The Ford Focus being sought by police (Portland Police Bureau photo)

 

Original post: PORT ORCHARD  — Detectives were investigating Wednesday whether graphic photos posted online showed a murder victim hours before her body was found.

Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson saw the photos on two websites along with a statement, apparently from the killer, he said.

The identity of the woman whose body was found by a relative Tuesday had yet to be confirmed by the coroner, so the sheriff’s office could not say if the online postings were authentic, Wilson said.

“Anytime somebody posts something on social media with a very graphic depiction of what claims to be a crime scene, we’re going to take it seriously,” Wilson said.

The photos were posted on 4chan, an online forum where anonymity has encouraged some of the Web’s darker moments. Earlier this year hundreds of private pictures of nude celebrities were posted on the site.

No suspect has been identified. Deputies were looking for the dead woman’s gold 2001 Ford Focus with the Washington license 495-YLY.

The body of the woman in her 30s was found about 3:30 p.m. by the relative who called 911. It was unclear if the online photos led to the discovery.

A crime scene investigation was conducted overnight at the unit in an apartment complex.

The statement posted with the photos described how the woman fought and how the body might be discovered and make the news. The writer also wrote of planning to be fatally shot by police.

“If we identify a potential suspect we have to treat the suspect as possibly dangerous,” Wilson said. “It doesn’t matter whether they say they’re going out by suicide by cop.”

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