A judge found probable cause on Tuesday to hold a 41-year-old Burien man on investigation of second-degree murder after he told Seattle police late Sunday that he thought his ex-wife was dead and that her body was in a vehicle at a Kent Park and Ride.
The man waived his first court appearance Tuesday and a bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, according to a spokesman for King County prosecutors. The man has not been charged.
Also Tuesday, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 39-year-old Ruth Castillo-Yanez. She died from multiple stab wounds and her death was ruled a homicide, according to death investigators.
Around 10:20 p.m. Sunday, police contacted a man in the 4700 block of 50th Avenue South in Seattle’s Seward Park neighborhood, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the case against him. His clothes were bloody and his shirt was inside-out, the statement says.
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The suspect told police the victim had been cheating on him with another man, the statement says. The suspect also claimed his ex-wife’s new lover had sent the suspect nude photos of her, according to the statement.
Seattle police contacted Kent police, and officers found Castillo-Yanez’s body inside a red Nissan Pathfinder at the West Hill Park and Ride, located in the 23400 block of Military Road South, according to the statement. Officers also found “possible evidence of a struggle,” which was described in the statement as disturbed dirt and foliage in a nearby planter and blood on the pavement near the woman’s vehicle.
The woman’s 13-year-old daughter told police Castillo-Yanez and her ex-husband were last seen going to dinner just before 5 p.m. Sunday, the statement says. The girl told detectives the two often met at the park and ride where Castillo-Yanez’s body was found, it says.
Court records show Castillo-Yanez filed for divorce in September and the divorce was finalized two months later.