After processing the majority of the scene of Wednesday’s house fire and shootout, investigators announced today that they believe Steve Stanbary is the suspect and that his remains have likely been recovered.
According to a press release, investigators are basing their conclusion on personal effects and identifying items found in proximity to remains located with the ruins of the residence located at 3275 “F” Place in Washougal.
Physical evidence recovered at the scene, and video evidence that has been presented to investigators also substantiates that the remains in one portion of the residence are probably those of Stanbary.
The case is being investigated as a murder-suicide.
On Friday police revealed Stanbary, who lived in the house with his wife, Leona M. Bolton and her sister, Mona K. Daugherty, was being investigated for multiple sex crimes.
A day before the incident, Washougal detectives had arranged for Stanbary to turn himself into police on Thursday.
At least two sets of human remains at the scene are also being examined.
The remains recovered from the location have not been positively identified. The devastation of the fire will require scientific procedures before the identities can be known for certain, a process that could take several weeks.
According to Clark County Sgt. Kevin Allais, analysis will be complicated due to the fact that Bolton and Daugherty are identical twins and have the same DNA.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Clark County Regional Major Crimes Team are jointly conducting the investigation. The scene will be secured until it is complete.