Seatac, WA man officially charged in 31-year old cold case murders in Washington of two teens from Canada June 17, 2018
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(EVERETT, WA.) – The stunning announcement came May 18 in a joint news conference by officials from the Snohomish County and Skagit County Sheriff’s Offices that they had arrested a suspect in a 31-year old double murder case; the brutal killings of a young Canadian couple in our state in November 1987.
The man they arrested was a 55-year old truck driver from Seatac, Washington William Earl Talbott II. Police said they were confident, based on DNA evidence from the crime scene, they had the man in custody that murdered 20-year-old Jay Cook and his girl friend 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg shortly after they came down to Washington from Canada in a family van on a mission to pick up a part for Jay’s father.
Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett, Talbott was officially charged with the murders of Cook and Van Cuylenborg. Talbott is currently being held in the Skagit County Community Justice Center.
The way Talbott the suspect was located and finally arrested is the stuff that movies are made of. It was in April of this year that detectives from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office held a joint news conference.
The purpose was to unveil sketches of a suspect but not sketches based on a witness memory of seeing the suspect but a science-based rendering based on the man’s DNA profile.
Find background on the case and details of how police located and arrested a suspect in this very old double homicide here.