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Woman in 20s found slain in Lake Stevens home

A woman in her 20s was found dead of “homicidal violence” in a Lake Stevens home Monday morning, June 17, police said.

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garverEVERETT — Anthony Garver pleaded not guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court Monday to charges he killed a 20-year-old woman in her Lake Stevens home in June.

Garver is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying of Phillipa Evans-Lopez.

The two were seen on surveillance cameras today at a McDonald’s in Lake Stevens on June 14.  Three days later, Evans-Lopez was found dead in her home. She had been tied to her bed and stabbed to death.

Garver was arrested in Everett on July 3.

He was denied bail.


LAKE STEVENS — Surveillance video inside a Lake Stevens McDonald’s shows murder victim Phillipa Evans-Lopez and her accused killer, Anthony Garver, three days before she was found stabbed to death in her home.

On the video, she is seen buying the two of them breakfast.

Evans-Lopez, 20, was found tied to her bed June 17. She had been stabbed multiple times.

Garver, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the case. He is being held without bail in the Snohomish County Jail.

Snohomish County Major Crimes Unit detectives still need witnesses to come forward who may have been with Evans-Lopez and Garver on the days and week prior to her death.

“We want to know how they met, when they met. Do they have friends in common? Those are the things we’re trying to answer right now,” detective Brad Walvatne said.

They also need to know if anyone stopped by Phillipa’s residence on 15th Street  Southeast in Lake Stevens on the weekend prior to her body being discovered (June 15-17).

“We want to know if anybody came by here, if they drove by and saw anything suspicious, talked to anybody, saw anybody in the house, on the property, that’d be very helpful for us, too,” Walvatne said.

Call the Major Crimes Unit hotline at 425-388-3845 if you have any information.

LAKE STEVENS — The motive is still a mystery in the murder case of Phillipa Evans-Lopez, 20, who was stabbed to death in her Lake Stevens home in June.


Phillipa Evans-Lopez, 20, was found stabbed to death in her Lake Stevens home on June 17.

The victim’s mother, Kris Evans, said in an interview Wednesday night that she doesn’t understand why the suspect arrested in the case would have targeted her daughter.

The suspect, Anthony Garver, 26, had a history of making violent threats to government officials, police said, and the U.S. Marshal’s Office was searching for him for failing to report to a community corrections officer after being released from a correctional facility.

His criminal history includes making death threats, possession of a firearm while undergoing court-ordered mental illness treatment,  theft and burglary with a deadly weapon.

After weeks on the run, authorities caught up with Garver on Tuesday at a McDonald’s in Snohomish County, where he was arrested without incident.

Cops said they found a folding knife in his pocket, and prosecutors say it’s the same weapon used to kill Evans-Lopez.

On June 14, Evans-Lopez and a man that police said was Garver were seen on surveillance video footage together at a Lake Steven’s McDonald’s. But the woman’s mother said she never heard of Garver before and she doesn’t believe her daughter knew him well.

“I don’t know if they met there. I don’t know if he just started talking to her, or if she offered him a ride,” said Evans.

“Trusting, too trusting,” she said of her daughter.

Three days later, on June 17, a gruesome discovery was made at her daughter’s Lake Stevens home. Evans-Lopez was found dead, her hands and legs tied to her bed with electrical cords.

“She was tied, hands and feet, to the four corners of her bed with ligatures,” said deputy prosecutor Matt Hunter. “This person’s DNA, who we believe is Anthony Garver, was matched to DNA on those ligatures. “

The victim’s mother said Wednesday night: “I don’t know how someone could be so brutal; she had multiple stab wounds on her neck.”

Prosecutors say Garver has aspired to emulate Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, and that he has studied al-Qaeda training manuals, even downloading bomb-making information from the Internet.

The victim’s mother said her daughter had a good heart and that she was sometimes slow at recognizing evil.

“She took people for who they were she didn’t judge them,” Evans said.

She added that she is not only angry with the suspect, but also with the justice system for failing to keep Garver locked up.

Evans-Lopez leaves behind a 3-year-old son, who is now being cared for by Evans.

“She had an amazing smile,” Evans said of her daughter.

As a child, she was dynamic and playful, her mother said, and as she grew older she formed a love of writing short stories.

“’The princess Who Got Lost’ is what I read at her funeral,” a tale Evans-Lopez wrote when she was 9 years old, Evans said.

Evans is still in shock she had to bury her beautiful daughter at the age of 20.

“I think my biggest question is why,” said Evans.

EVERETT — A felon accused of tying up and killing a Lake Stevens woman in a home there in June made his first court appearance Wednesday, but he didn’t do it quietly.

garverThe prosecutor called Anthony Garver’s behavior bizarre.  Garver kept interrupting the judge and, at one point, started cursing.

Besides the murder charge, authorities say Garver also made terrorist threats about blowing up a government building and following the teachings of al-Qaeda.

Garver spoke out of turn during his probable-cause hearing on Wednesday but he didn’t get to say much before his lawyer shut off his microphone.

Garver’s attorney then asked for more time to respond to the prosecution’s request to deny Garver bail.

Garver is accused of killing 20-year-old Phillipa Evans-Lopez inside a home in Lake Stevens in mid-June.

Court documents detail her brutal death.

“She was tied, hands and feet, to the four corners of her bed with ligatures,” said deputy prosecutor Matt Hunter. “This person’s DNA, who we believe is Anthony Garver, was matched to DNA on those ligatures. “

After weeks on the run, authorities caught up with Garver on Tuesday at a McDonald’s in Snohomish County, where he was arrested without incident.

Cops say they found a folding knife in his pocket and prosecutors say it’s the same weapon used to kill Evans-Lopez.

“I think about the only way to keep the community safe would be to keep him in jail,” said Hunter.

The judge said there was probable cause to charge Garver with first-degree murder and the prosecution asked the judge to deny Garver bail.

Garver will be back in court on July 8 for that hearing.


Anthony Garver

SEATTLE — A man who was described by U.S. Marshals as being mentally unstable has been arrested in connection with the June 17 homicide of a 20-year-old Lake Stevens woman identified as Phillipa S. Evans-Lopez.

Anthony Garver, 26, who also uses the names Anthony Burke and Deryk Garver, will be arraigned in Snohomish County on charges of first-degree murder and escape. Garver’s history includes making anti-government threats, failing to report to his probation officer and he is known to use military style weapons and explosives. In 2009, Garver threatened to blow up a state building in Spokane and kill a judge and prosecutor.

On June 17, police responded to the a home at 9225 15th St. SE in Lake Stevens and found Evans-Lopez inside. She had been tied to a bed and stabbed.

Police searched a vehicle in the driveway the following day and found Evans-Lopez’s purse inside and a McDonald’s receipt from June 14. Video footage from the McDonald’s showed Evans-Lopez with a white male and it appeared that the two were acquainted with each other.

On June 27, investigators were alerted by a forensic scientist at the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory that some of the electric cords that had been used to tie up Evans-Lopez contained DNA that linked them to Garver. Photographs of Garver were then sent to a deputy marshal in Spokane, who identified the man seen with Evans-Lopez as Garver.

After interviewing Garver’s mother in Spokane, authorities also learned that he equipped himself with a falsified passport, bullet-proof vest, ammunition, GPS devices and numerous other items that would assist him in carrying out on his previous threats to set off explosives and cause mass casualties.

On July 2, Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Garver at an Everett fast-food restaurant. During his interview with investigators, Garver tried to convince police he was Deryk rather than Anthony Garver, and denied knowing Evans-Lopez or killing her.

He was then held and booked on first-degree murder and escape charges.

lakestevensEVERETT – The 20-year-old woman found slain in a Lake Stevens home earlier this week was identified Thursday as Phillipa S. Evans-Lopez, and she died from stab wounds, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

She was found dead in the home in the 9200 block of 15th Street SE in Lake Stevens Monday morning.

In a news release Wednesday, the county sheriff’s office, which took over the investigation, said: “At this point, investigators are not seeking any specific suspects or persons of interest, but do ask the public to continue forwarding tips related to this crime.”

It said any tips or information should be directed to the sheriff’s office tip line: 425-388-3845.

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Woman found slain in Lake Stevens house

LAKE STEVENS — Police in Lake Stevens are searching for a killer.

LakeStevensDarkA woman in her 20s was found dead in a home Monday on 15th Street Southwest.

The 911 call came in about 9:30 a.m. Monday, with a man reporting a deceased woman in the home.

“When police officers arrived, they did go inside the house.  They did find a female in her 20s that was deceased,” Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Brand said.

Police say it was obvious she had been slain, so they immediately backed out of the house to wait for a search warrant.

Neighbors have a lot of questions and few answers early on in the investigation.

“What happened? Who died? How it happened? It’s a pretty safe neighborhood. I’ve never been scared in this neighborhood at all.  My kids go to school right up the road here.  I let them come out and play… never thought any of this would happen,” neighbor Millie Smith said.

Neighbors say the young woman and possible a boyfriend moved into the house just last month.

Few people knew them well or what was going on inside the house.

“It was abandoned, I think, and then we kind of saw different people come and go,” neighbor Jailine Vergara said.

This latest homicide comes a little more than two weeks after a random drive-by shooting that killed a 15-year-old Seattle girl, Molly Conley, in Lake Stevens.

Molly was shot June 1 as she walked along a neighborhood street with a group of friends. A march was held in Lake Stevens Monday night in her memory, to raise awareness and to hopefully help find Molly’s killer.

It has been a difficult 17 days for people in Lake Stevens who are unaccustomed to this kind of violence in their own back yard.

“I think it’s surprising to everyone.  We’re all like, we should lock up our cars and make sure nothing gets stolen out of the cars because things are starting to happen around here in my neighborhood and we’re like, what’s happening to our little town? It’s really shocking, actually,” Lake Stevens resident Michelle Stoll said.

Lake Stevens police have asked the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office to take the lead in the investigation of the latest murder.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

LakeStevensLAKE STEVENS — In Lake Stevens, police have a murder mystery.

A young woman in her 20’s was found dead in a home on 15th Street Southeast.

They say the woman was found dead and she obviously died from homicidal violence.

This all started Monday morning when a man called 911claiming he had found a woman in the house who appeared to be deceased.

When police arrived they found the woman.

Most of the day was spent waiting on a search warrant before crime scene investigators could get inside the house to try to figure out what happened.

Right now we don’t know who the woman is or exactly how she died.

Neighbors suspect it could be a case of domestic violence.

“I just can’t believe it happened in Lake Stevens.  She was a sweet, very beautiful 25 years old and then out of the blue this happens in our neighborhood,” neighbor Millie Smith said.

“We want to follow every possible lead, get any possible information we can as quickly as we can,” Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Jeff Brand said.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is taking the lead in the investigation at the request of the Lake Stevens Police Department.

That will certainly bring more resources to bear as investigators try to figure out exactly what happened to this young woman.

Anyone with information should call 911.

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Woman in 20s found slain in Lake Stevens home

lakestevensLAKE STEVENS, Wash. — A woman in her 20s was found dead of “homicidal violence” in a Lake Stevens home Monday morning, police said.

Neighbors called 911 Monday morning to report a commotion in a the house, police said.

When police arrived, they found the woman dead inside her home in the 9200 block of 15th Street SE.

Investigators were waiting most of the day for a search warrant to enter the home and begin an investigation.

Neighbors said they suspect it could be a case of domestic violence.

No details were released on the woman’s identity or how she was killed.