Detectives have found the wooded bunker of a man wanted in connection with the killing of his wife and daughter and the arson of their North Bend home, the King County Sheriff's Office reported.
Peter Keller's bunker was located in the hillside near the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail outside of the City of North Bend, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Based on the photos detectives discovered of the bunker at the crime scene, Keller had been building for it for at least 8 years, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office. The bunker was very well hidden and appears to be fortified by logs and dirt, according to the press release.
According to the press release from the King County Sheriff’s Office, detectives found clues to the whereabouts of the bunker after processing the crime scene at the house where the women were murdered on Sunday.
Detectives, who appealed to the public for information on seeing Keller's truck in the past few months, said citizens reported seeing Keller’s truck at the Rattlesnake Ridge Trailhead over the past year, according to the Sheriff's Office.
King County TAC 30 (SWAT) and Seattle Police SWAT teams began a systematic search of the area earlier this morning (Friday, April 27), according to the press release. The bunker was located in the southwest area above the trailhead, the press release stated.
Peter Keller, 41, was charged Wednesday afternoon with two counts of murder in the frst degree for the murders of his wife Lynnettee, 41, and daughter Kaylene, 18, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. They were found dead of gunshot wounds a fire at their home, according to the office.
Keller also faces one count of arson in the first degree in connection with setting that fire, the office reported.
The murder charges include firearm sentencing enhancements, and if convicted as charged, Keller would face a sentence range of 51 to 65 1/2 years in prison, according to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors are requesting that the defendant be held without bail when he is arrested, the office reported.
The was discovered Sunday morning near North Bend after Eastside Fire and Rescue responded to the blaze. Police were told that Keller when he went hiking.
“We have the truck, but we want to know if anyone has seen it regularly parked at any trailhead,” said Sergeant Cindi West, spokesperson for the King County Sheriff’s Office, which has a contract with North Bend to provide police services.
Police also said that he occasionally took his mountain bike with him and recently had been seen hiking with a “very large backpack."
Keller is familiar with local trails, and they are seeking information from ayone who may have seen the truck in recent months at local trailheads.
The King County Sheriff's Office asks anyone who has seen this truck parked at any trailhead in the last year to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 or 9-1-1.