Update: Mukilteo homicide victim identified
Body of 67-year-old Mukilteo man found in Skagit County
Last updated 4/8/2020 at 11:12am
A Mukilteo man, the apparent victim of a homicide, has been identified by the Snohomish Medical Examiner’s office.
Howard P. Benzel, 67, was found near State Route 9 between State Route 534 and Big Lake Boulevard in Skagit County on Monday, March 30.
In an April 1 news release, the Snohomish Medical Examiner’s office wrote that the cause of death was blunt force injuries and the cause of death was homicide.
Everett Police Major Crimes detectives arrested a 40-year-old man. He remains in custody at Snohomish County Jail.
Based on information from a passerby, detectives traveled to Skagit County and recovered the victim’s body.
It was on March 28 that Everett Police officers arrived at the 2100 block of Madison Street when a female called 911 to report her 67-year-old husband missing. The husband left their Mukilteo home earlier in the day to check on their Madison Street rental property but did not return home.
The female drove to the Madison Street address and found her husband’s truck and cellphone, but he was not there. Additionally, she reported seeing one of the male tenants cleaning blood off the sidewalk before leaving the location.
Officers saw fresh blood outside the building and forced their way into the tenant’s unit. They discovered more blood inside.
Detectives with Major Crimes arrived on scene, fearing the husband had been abducted or seriously injured. Through their investigation, detectives identified the 40-year-old tenant and found his vehicle in Marysville. Shortly thereafter, detectives located the tenant in Marysville. During the interview, the tenant gave no consistent version of what happened, police say
Based on their investigation and physical evidence, detectives believe the husband was murdered, and the tenant took his body from the Madison Street rental property. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail on probable cause of murder and tampering with physical evidence. The vehicle was seized pending a search warrant.