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For Immediate Release

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April 28, 2016

Acting Assistant Chief Kayla Celaya
Western District of Washington, (206) 370-8605

USMS Office of Public Affairs
202-307-9065

U.S. Marshals Hunt for Brothers Suspected of Murdering Washington State Couple

Reward of up to $5,000 being offered for information directly leading to their arrest

SEATTLE – The U.S. Marshals are turning up the heat in the search for brothers John Blaine Reed, 53, and Tony Clyde Reed, 49, by offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to their arrest in connection to the suspected murder of Washington state couple Patrick Shunn and his wife, Monique Patenaude.

Local authorities with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office established probable cause for the brothers’ arrest after they obtained video surveillance tying them to the disposal of two vehicles belonging to the Washington couple. Further investigation led authorities to believe Shunn and Patenaude were victims of homicide due to the evidence collected from the scene where the vehicles were disposed, as well as the former residence of John Reed. Authorities continue to search for the couple’s bodies.

“The U.S. Marshals are committed to assist the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending the Reed brothers,” said Acting U.S. Marshal David Miller of the Western District of Washington. “We, along with our state and local law enforcement, partners will leave no stone unturned until these dangerous fugitives are brought to justice.”

Authorities have evidence that the Reed brothers were in Ellensburg, Washington as recently as April 15 and in Phoenix, Arizona on April 16. Their current whereabouts are unknown. The brothers have personal ties in Arizona and California, and some tips even place them as far as Mexico. They are believed to be in possession of a 2002 Gold Acura 3.2 TL with Arizona license plates BNN-9968.

“Because of their criminal history and the nature of this crime, the Reed brothers should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Miller.

John Reed is 5-foot-8 weighing 190 pounds with hazel eyes and gray hair. Tony Reed is 5-foot-11 weighing 150 pounds with green eyes and gray hair. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information directly leading to their arrest. Anyone with information or tips should contact Deputy U.S. Marshal Robert Gerg at robert.gerg@usdoj.gov, or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102, or usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.

Note to media:For further information about the investigation, please contact the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Director of Communications, Shari Ireton – shari.ireton@snoco.org, 425-249-6263.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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