Trucker charged in 1987 killing of the couple in the state of Washington

EVERETT, Wash. – A Washington state trucker who authorities say was linked by DNA evidence to 1987 the death of a young Canadian couple has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.

William Earl Talbott II, 55, of SeaTac is charged Friday, According to County Superior Court, the Daily Herald reports .

The authorities say they used information from public genealogy websites to locate a Talbott as a suspect and then arrested him after getting a DNA sample from a cup that fell out of his truck.

Talbott is charged in the murder of an 18-year-old Tanya Of Cuylenborg and the 20-year-old Jay Cook.

“All of the available information, these acts of violence were as random as they were ferocious,” Craig Matheson, According to the County’s chief criminal deputy prosecutor, wrote in court documents.

Talbott is being held in the Skagit County Community Justice Center with no bail. It was not clear whether he has a lawyer.

Of Cuylenborg and Cooking their Saanich, British Columbia, houses for an overnight trip to Seattle to buy oven parts for Cook’s family company.

When they are not to return home, their families filed a missing persons report. Their bodies were found days later.

Of Cuylenborg was sexually abused, tortured, bound with plastic ties and shot in the head. Researchers say that the attack was evidence provided that there is a direct link to Talbott.

Cooking battered body was found approximately 75 miles (120.7 km distance. The police says that he was beaten with rocks and strangled.

The police says a genealogist use DNA evidence and worked with a lab to build a family tree for the defendant.

The police says the genealogist uses information provided by the distant cousins to narrow their search for Talbott.

The police kept him under surveillance and finally his DNA to a cup fell out of his truck.


Information from: The Daily Herald

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