SEATTLE - Officials say three bodies found March 10 at a suburban Kent-area nursery are those of three Pierce County men who disappeared in December on their way home from working at a Seattle floral business.
All three are homicide victims who died of gunshot wounds, King County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said Friday. He added that no one has been arrested. Detectives from the sheriff's office and Lakewood police are investigating.
The King County medical examiner’s office identified the bodies as those of 25-year-old Jesus Avila-Bejar, 26-year-old Yazmani Quezada-Ortiz and 29-year-old Cristian Rangel. The men lived in Lakewood and the Tacoma area, Urquhart said. All three men were legal U.S. residents, according to Chris Lawler, Lakewood police spokesman.
All three left their homes Dec. 12 to carpool to work in Seattle in Quezada-Ortiz's pickup. They left work sometime after 3 p.m. and never returned home.
The pickup was found abandoned two days later at a Kent apartment complex about three miles from the Rainier Nursery, where the bodies were found.