They still have not identified the body found June 3rd in a burning vehicle in Okanogan County. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said the coroner was able to determine the cause of the woman’s death, but he said they will not release the causation while the investigation is ongoing.
They found the body in the trunk of a burning vehicle on Frosty Creek Road south of Tonasket at about 4:30 p.m. A man seen leaving the area was found about 7:00 p.m. that night about two miles away near the Aeneas General Store. A sheriff’s department deputy and sergeant shot at the suspect after the suspect displayed a gun.
A bullet hit 37-year-old Lance Bowers of Tonasket once in the torso. The sheriff’s department put him in jail after his treatment at the Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. Bowers was scheduled to be arraigned today, but not yet for the death of the woman. Meanwhile, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the North Central Washington Special Investigation Unit investigates.
Edgar Reinfeld of the Wenatchee Police Department, spokesperson for the investigation, said they recovered a 32-caliber revolver from the scene of the shooting and because Bowers is a convicted felon he faces a first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm charge. In addition, he has two counts of first-degree assault.