EVERETT, Wash. - The bodies of Monique Patenaude and her husband, Patrick Shunn, have been found, the Snohomish County sheriff’s department announced in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
"I'm so relieved to know that they're gonna be properly taken care of and everything," said Patenaude's close friend, Margaret Dunn Hedlund. "Part of me just didn't want to ever believe it was true. I think everybody can move forward now and just have a sense of relief."
Earlier Tuesday, one of two brothers charged in the murders - Tony Reed - pleaded not guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court. Reed entered not guilty pleas to two counts of premeditated first-degree murder and unlawful firearm possession.
Sheriff's department spokesperson Shari Ireton said information from Tony Reed led detectives to the body. Deputies have been searching the area for weeks, she said.
"It's a remote area, and it's akin to finding a needle in a haystack," Ireton said.
His attorney, James Kirkham helped arrange an end to a month-long manhunt for Reed, who surrendered last week to U.S. Marshals at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Authorities are still searching for Reed's brother, John Blaine Reed.
"We're very glad to be able to return Patrick and Monique back to their families," Ireton said.
The brothers have been charged with murder in last month's disappearance of John Reed's former neighbors, Patenaude and Shunn.
Authorities say Reed and the couple had been involved in a property dispute.