Detectives have found the remains of two people, one male and one female, in the Oso area. While confirmation of identification from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner is still pending, detectives have reason to believe they are 45 year-old Patrick Shunn and his wife, 46 year-old Monique Patenaude. The bodies were located in a remote area a few miles to the north of Shunn and Patenaude’s residence, near where the victim’s vehicles had previously been recovered. Detectives confirmed that information they received from Tony Reed, a suspect in the investigation, helped them pinpoint the exact location of the bodies.
Reed was taken into custody on May 16 at the US/Mexico border and was transported and booked into the Snohomish County jail on May 21. Reed is charged with helping his brother, John Blaine Reed, with the murder of Oso residents Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude in April. Both 49 year-old Tony and 53 year-old John fled to Mexico via Ellensburg after the murder.
The Snohomish County ME will confirm cause and manner of death of the decedents.
Timeline of investigation
April 12 – Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude are reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office by neighbors. Shunn was last seen at his workplace in Kirkland, Wash. on Monday, April 11. Patenaude was last seen around 1 p.m. also on Monday, April 11 near the couple’s residence at the 27800 block of Whitman Road.
April 14 – Two vehicles belonging to Shunn and Patenaude are located in a remote, wooded area in the Oso area.
April 15 – Detectives conduct a thorough search of the vehicles and the area where they were located. The location of Shunn and Patenaude still unknown
April 17 – Sheriff Ty Trenary announces that probable cause has been established for the arrest of the Reed brothers, who are suspected of murdering Shunn and Patenaude.
April 18 – One of the vehicles driven by the Reed brothers is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The Reed brothers are believed to have crossed the border into Mexico.
April 20 – Several properties in Ellensburg are searched by detectives, including the residence belonging to the parents of the Reed brothers, two storage units, and the residence of Tony Reed.
May 16 – Tony Reed is taken into custody at the US/Mexico border and booked into the San Diego County Jail.
May 21 – Tony Reed is booked into the Snohomish County Jail.
Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office