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Oso Murder Suspect John Blaine Reed Captured in Mexico Now in US Authorities Custody

CONTACT: Lieutenant Doug Jeske, 425-249-6263 

Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263



Everett, Washington - John B. Reed, who is suspected of the murders of an Oso couple, Monique Patenaude and Patrick Shunn, was captured in Mexico by Mexican authorities on 07-22-16.  Reed has been on the run from Snohomish County authorities since April 11, 2016, the date of the suspected murders.  Tony Reed, John’s brother, surrendered to American authorities May 16 while in Mexico and has subsequently pled guilty to two counts of rendering criminal assistance for his part in helping John dispose of Ms. Patenaude and Mr. Shunn’s bodies. 

According to our partners with the United States Marshals Office, deputy marshals have been working investigative leads with Mexican authorities from Policia ESTATAL Investigadora (PEI) in Sonora, Mexico to determine the location of Reed.  He was discovered and expelled to the United States by Mexican authorities for violation of immigration laws of the Sovereign Nation of Mexico.  He was taken into custody at the boarder by United States officials and booked into the Pima County Jail in Arizona. It is unknown at this time when Reed might be extradited to Washington.   

This is all the information we have at this time, as new information becomes available we will update you with it.