Police search Issaquah home for North Bend murder suspect

May 1, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Peter Keller

Police searched a home in Issaquah’s Summerhill Village neighborhood April 23 for the suspect in a pair of North Bend murders.

King County Sheriff’s Office investigators searched a condominium in the 23000 block of Summer Hill Lane for Peter A. Keller, agency spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said.

(The neighborhood is on the Sammamish Plateau near the intersection of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and 238th Avenue Southeast.)

Police discovered Keller’s body April 28 in a survivalist bunker near the Rattlesnake Ridge Trailhead, just outside North Bend. Police said he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In Issaquah, the Summerhill Village condominium resident, a relative of the Keller family, asked for police to search the home for Keller, West added. The occupant had been out of town during the murders, and believed Keller could be hiding inside the home.

Police did not locate Keller at the home, and the search continued elsewhere.

The sheriff’s office initially identified Keller, 41, as a person of interest in the shooting deaths of Lynnettee Keller, 41, and Kaylene Keller, 18, at the family’s rural King County home.

Lynnettee Keller and Kaylene Keller died from gunshot wounds.

Eastside Fire & Rescue responded to the house early April 22 after neighbors reported smoke emanating from the structure. Firefighters discovered the slain women inside, plus gasoline cans scattered throughout the house containing varying amounts of gasoline.

Days before the murders, Peter Keller withdrew $6,200 from a Chase bank branch in Issaquah, police said.

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One Response to “Police search Issaquah home for North Bend murder suspect”

  1. exoticdoc2 on May 1st, 2012 7:08 pm

    Never have heard a motive for all of this mess. Do they simply have no idea why he decided to murder his family?

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