From Lt. Pat Lowery of Kent Police Department:
Kent Police are asking the public for assistance in locating a suspect in the death of an East Kent woman. Kent Police discovered the body of 45 year old Bonnie K. Peterson yesterday morning after a call from concerned friends brought Police to her home.
While details of the crime are still being reviewed by Detectives, Kent Police have identified Shawn David Gulseth as a suspect. Gulseth had a former romantic relationship with Peterson.
Police are cautioning the public NOT to try and interfere with Gulseth. “This is a crime of violence committed by a very dangerous person” said Kent Police Lieutenant Pat Lowery.
Anyone that knows the whereabouts of Shawn David Gulseth should call 9-1-1 immediately. Persons with information that may lead to his capture should call Kent Police Department at 253-856-5808 with their information.
Shawn David Gulseth
White male, 40 years old
Brown hair pulled back into a pony tail
Extensive tattoos from neck to arms
Kent Police Investigate Possible Homicide
December 21, 2010–Kent Police are investigating an apparent homicidal death on Kent’s East Hill. Patrol Officers were called to the Village at Lake Meridian Apartments, 25811 110 Avenue SE at 10:22 this morning for a death investigation.
Police were summoned by a family friend that had come to the victim’s home to check on her well being. Concerns were raised when family and friends were unable to reach the victim during the morning hours. That circumstance was described as a highly unusual for the victim.
Police initially entered the house and located the body of the 45 year old female resident inside. Officers secured the area around the apartment, and then obtained a search warrant to conduct their investigation. Working with the King County Prosecutors Office, Detectives and Crime Scene Technicians re-entered the apartment shortly after 1 PM. Once inside they found the crime scene to be in a state of disarray and the victim with obvious signs of trauma. A cause of death has not yet been determined, though the King County Medical Examiner will be on scene this evening conducting that portion of the investigation.
“This is a woman that was greatly loved by her friends and family,” noted Kent Police Lieutenant Pat Lowery, “the fact that this occurred just prior to the Christmas holiday only compounds the tragedy”. While Police have not identified a suspect at this time, there is nothing to indicate that the woman was a chance victim.
Detectives continue to work with family and friends in hopes of identifying a suspect and motive for this crime. Members of the public that have information regarding this crime should call the Kent Police Department at 253-856-5800.