Murder charges filed against man linked to the Seattle area in 1987 double murder by means of DNA

William Talbott II, 55, of Seattle, Wash. is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tanya From Cuylenborg, 18, and Jay Cook, 20, in 1987.

((Charles Biles/Skagit Valley Herald via AP)

A man was arrested in 1987 cold case after investigators sifted through a public genealogy website match the crime scene DNA is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

The costs were Friday at trucker William Talbott, 55, in Washington state court. Prosecutors announced his arrest last month in the Nov. 19, 1987, death of the 20-year-old Jay Cook and 18-year-old Tanya Of Cuylenborg.

Cook was beaten with rocks and strangled. Of Cuylenborg was shot “execution style,” the Everett Herald reported. She was also raped.

“All of the available information, these acts of violence were as random as they were ferocious,” According to Craig County prosecutor Matheson said in the court documents, the paper reported.


Of Cuylenborg and Cook were killed after a trip to Seattle, of the Saanich, British Columbia, to buy oven parts for a company that Cook’s father had.

Tanya From Cuylenborg, 18, and Jay Cook, 20, were killed in 1987 on a trip to Seattle from their homes in British Columbia, Canada.

(According to County Sheriff’s Office)

Their families reported them missing when they did not return home. Days later, authorities found their bodies in two locations are 75 km apart.

A genealogist uses information provided by the distant cousins genealogy website GEDMatch to narrow their search for Talbott, according to the paper and other reports.

The researchers then obtained DNA from a paper cup fell out of his truck in the beginning of May, the Herald reported.

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