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Suspect in Grays Harbor County murder, arson case arrested in Seattle

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SEATTLE — A 36-year-old Elma man sought in a murder and arson at his house one week ago was found and arrested in Seattle Tuesday, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office said.

The suspect, Jacob Eveland, “ultimately admitted his involvement in the case” while being interviewed by sheriff’s detectives Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.

Eveland’s house was found burning last Tuesday night and authorities discovered a body outside. The body found alongside the burning house was a 47-year-old man living at Eveland’s home, Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott said.

“It appears the victim was assaulted with an edged weapon and a firearm. The weapons have not been recovered.”

The sheriff’s office put out a bulletin seeking Eveland and a photo of a stolen gold 2005 Chevy Silverado he might be driving.

On Tuesday morning, the Seattle Police Department found the stolen Silverado at 21st Avenue and 1st Street in Seattle. It was unoccupied, but detectives staked it out until a man got into the pickup who resembled Eveland. Police said Eveland at first gave him a false name, but later confirmed he was Eveland.

“Detectives were working on locating the weapons used in this homicide,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release. “Eveland will eventually be transported back to Grays Harbor County Jail where he will be booked for Murder and Arson.”