Murder charges filed in WA killing with ties to Central Valley

Photos of Jacob Gonzales, the suspect in the murder of Katherine Cunningham on Camano Island. Photos released by the Island County Sheriff's Office.

UPDATE: July 18, 2018:

Authorities are still looking for Jacob Gonzales. Deputies say Gonzales is wanted for killing a woman in Washington state.

Deputies believe Gonzales may be in hiding in Merced County/the Los Banos area.

There is a $1 million nationwide warrant for Gonzales' arrest.

If you know where Gonzales is, please call Detective Ed Wallace via the ICOM dispatch center at 360-679-9567 or


The search is now intensifying for a man accused of killing a woman in Washington state.

Both the accused killer and victim are from the Central Valley.

On June 27, 33-year-old Jacob Gonzales was charged with "domestic violence murder in the second degree" for the killing of Katherine Cunningham.

Gonzales previously lived in Los Banos.

Cunningham lived in Merced.

As FOX26 News previous reported, Cunningham's body was found March 3rd on Camano Island -- about 60 miles north of Seattle.

Now, the Island County Sheriff's office says she had been decapitated.

And, detectives believe it was with a samurai sword.

They say Gonzales had been living with Cunningham when he killed her and stole her Honda Civic.

That car was found abandoned on Interstate 5 in Yreka, with the sword inside.

DNA test results identified blood on the sword as Cunningham's.

Detectives say Gonzales' DNA was on the hilt.

A $1 million nationwide warrant is in effect for Gonzales' arrest.

Gonzales could be hiding out in Merced County.

He is 5'9" and weighs 150 lbs. He has black hair and hazel eyes.

He should be considered armed.

Local law enforcement have been alerted that he could be in the area.

If you know where he is, immediately call 9-1-1.

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