Suspect in Wash. deaths waives extradition in SD

Posted at 10:22 AM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 21:05:09-04

SAN DIEGO - A 49-year-old man accused with his brother in the deaths of a Washington state couple waived his right Wednesday for a hearing to fight extradition and will be sent to Washington within 20 days.

In a brief hearing before San Diego Superior Court Judge Lorna Alksne, Tony Clyde Reed admitted that he was the man whom Washington authorities sought in connection with the suspected murders of 45-year-old Patrick Shunn and his 46-year-old wife, Monique Patenaude. The victims' bodies were not found.

Reed's brother, 53-year-old John Blaine Reed, also a suspect in the crimes, remains at large.

Tony Reed arranged to turn himself in and was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in San Diego on Monday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office in Washington state.

The Reed brothers allegedly fled to Mexico after killing Shunn and Patenaude of Oso, Washington, according to authorities.

Shunn and Patenaude were last seen April 11 and were reported missing to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office the following day. Two vehicles belonging to the couple were located in a remote area north of their home April 14, authorities said.

A vehicle belonging to one of the suspects was found in Phoenix on April 18. Authorities believed both men fled to Mexico, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

The victims lived next door to John Blaine Reed, and long-standing disputes may have been factors in the crime, the Seattle Times reported.

Investigators linked the suspects to the disappearances after blood and other evidence was found near where the couple's vehicles were located, according to the newspaper.