Pierce County sheriff's detectives on Wednesday arrested a 32-year-old man suspected of using a dumbbell to kill his 60-year-old landlord, with whom he reportedly had a romantic relationship, and trying to hide her body.
Investigators booked the man into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of the woman, whose name was not released by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Department reported that the woman owned a house in Tenino, and the man was a tenant. Deputies learned of the woman’s death early Wednesday after she and the man drove from Tenino in a van and ended up near Roy in the 200 block of 288th Street South, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The man called 911 about 2 a.m. to say he’d been attacked and had killed the attacker. Deputies responded and found the woman dead in the road and the man unhurt, Troyer said.
Deputies investigated further and determined the woman had been killed with a dumbbell and might have been run over by the van, Troyer said. Investigators also suspect the woman had been dead for some time.
“We believe there was some type of altercation, and it led to her being beaten with a barbell and run over,” Troyer said, adding, “We don’t think he called (911) right away.”