With files from Shelby Thom
More than a month after they went missing, the bodies of B.C. born Monique Patenaude and her husband Patrick Shunn have been found a few miles north of their home in Washington State.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shari Ireton says the bodies of 46-year-old Patenaude and 45-year-old Shunn were located in shallow graves near their Arlington home.
“This is an area that’s been searched many times by search and rescue and detectives. It’s also an area where their vehicles were located not long after they were reported missing. But it was in discussions that they had with one of the suspects Tony Reed, he was able to provide some pretty specific information that helped detective pinpoint the exact location of the bodies.”
Brothers accused of murders
The remains were found near to where their vehicles were found days after the couple were reported missing.
While they haven’t confirmed the identity, detectives say information they received from the detained brother Tony Reed, led them to the location.
Reed turned himself in last week after fleeing to Mexico with his brother John Reed. His brother is still at loose.
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The couple were last seen on April 12th, and when their animals were found wandering alone, neighbours became suspicious and alerted the police.
Their vehicles were found two days later, and detectives found enough evidence to establish probable cause in the arrest of the Reed brothers, suspected of murdering Patenaude and Shunn.
Officials say the couple had previously complained to police about ex-neighbour John Reed, who they said acted “crazy,” threatened them, and was squatting on his former property.
Monique Patenaude has born in B.C., and lived and worked in her home province until meeting her husband and re-locating to Washington.
Sheworked as a care aid for people with developmental disabilities for more than 20 years in Burnaby, and met her husband at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada before moving to Washington to be with him.
Her friend and former co-worker Cynthia Fawcett tells CKNW “their legacy will live on through all of us who were touched by them both…we will love unconditionally to all people and creatures as they both did every day.”
Facebook post from Erik Shunn
“I can now confirm there were 2 bodies found in Oso. One male, one female. Identities not confirmed yet. My phone, email, fb, and texts are blowing up again. Thank you for your posts, etc. I again may not get to them. Your words and support mean a lot to my family and us as friends. Btw, if you wonder how I feel, I’m very glad and grateful for all the work the SCSO, volunteers, etc. have done to make this happen. I am also glad they have been found. I am really sad though also because even though there was little hope, all hope is gone now. This makes it real for me. #FindPatAndMonique“