A 32 year-old female from Shelton, Tara M. Abernathy, and Kenneth E. Koonrad, a 34 year-old male from Montesano, were identified by the Mason County Coroner’s Office as the victims of homicide which occurred on E. Aloha Lane in Shelton earlier this week. Authorities said the suspect in the case shot and killed himself Wednesday in Pendleton, Oregon, after a standoff. The suspect was identified by Oregon State Police as 33-year-old western Washington resident Jared Abernathy.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office reports that on the morning of 01/24/17 deputies were dispatched to Tara Abernathy’s residence to check her welfare because she had not shown up to work. Upon arrival, the deputies located the bodies of a female and a male, both of whom appeared to have died as a result of gunshot wounds. Washington State Patrol crime scene investigators were called to the scene to assist with the forensic investigation.

Detectives from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office will release more information as it develops. If anyone has any information about this investigation, please call the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with a detective.

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