A Seattle double murder has stumped investigators, who are still looking into the victims’ cause of death and are asking anyone with relevant information to speak up as soon as possible.
On Monday, January 25, an anonymous caller phoned 911 sometime around noon and told dispatchers that a police welfare check should be launched, in order to ensure that one of the residents from the Bell Tower apartment community is doing alright.
Police officers from Seattle Police Deparrment were immediately sent to the 16-story building situated at 2215 1st Avenue, in Belltown neighborhood. However, once they reached the apartment they had been alerted about, repeated knocks on the door yielded no answer.
Eventually, aided by one of the building’s janitors, they managed to get inside the studio apartment. That’s how they found two dead persons, whose identity hasn’t yet been released to the public.
The victims were slumped on the floor, and so far it’s unclear what triggered their death. It appears that the incident is treated like a double murder, since homicide and crime scene investigation (CSI) units were summoned to the building.
Detectives are currently processing evidence and looking into potential clues that might reveal the motive behind the attack, or the identity of the perpetrators.
The bodies of the two victims have been transported to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, and a forensic autopsy will be performed in order to establish how the deaths occurred, and what was the main factor that proved fatal to the victims.
So far, little is known about the identity, age or gender of the persons who met their untimely end in the Belltown apartment.
According to Delmar Rogers, who is one of the residents of the Bell Tower building, the double murder appears to have occurred at the 16th floor, because that’s where police officers and forensic medical examiner were amassed at.
Despite the fact that Bell Tower is theoretically considered a safe residential complex, being owned by the Seattle Housing Authority and benefiting from closed circuit surveillance cameras and lobby security, following the double homicide even stricter controls have been enforced.
Security has been heightened at the entryway, and everyone leaving or entering the building is being subjected to ID checks.
It’s unclear when the coroner will confirm and announce the victims’ cause of death, but it appears more information regarding the homicide will be released later today. For now, details remain sparse regarding the incident, and the inquest is still in its early stages.
As a result, law enforcement is urging anyone who might assist them as they investigate this mysterious double murder to contact the Seattle Police Homicide tip line at (206) 233-5000.
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