Deputies arrest Key Peninsula man on suspicion of killing his girlfriend

A Key Peninsula-area man was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of killing his girlfriend, sheriff’s deputies reported.

The case started June 30 when the man reported the woman missing, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Deputies dispatched to take a report found the man’s story suspicious and gleaned some clues that something might be amiss, Troyer said.

“They saw some things that just didn’t look right,” he said.

The case was handed over to detectives, who eventually developed information that led them to an area near Belfair in Mason County where they recovered a body, Troyer said.

The victim was 45. Detectives believe she was shot to death.

The man, who is in his early 40s, is expected to make a first court appearance Thursday (July 10) in Pierce County Superior Court.

He recently filed for divorce from his wife of three years, court records show.

That woman, who is not the victim, requested and received a temporary restraining order against her husband last week.

In a petition requesting the order, she said her husband experienced wild mood swings and often carried a gun. He assaulted her in December 2012 and had threatened her in the past, she wrote.

“I fear him greatly …,” she said. “(He) carries a weapon on his person which I do not feel comfortable with, and I fear he may use it upon myself or his person.”

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