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Authorities Release More Information About Murder of Seabeck, WA Family
of Four

January 12, 2018

CLICK TO ENLARGE. Danie Kelly, Jr., age 39, described by sheriff's office as person of interest
Chronicle staff

(PORT ORCHARD, WA.) -- On Thursday the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office released more information on its ongoing investigation into the murders of four members of the Careaga family of Seabeck that occurred on Jan. 27, 2017.

Following opening remarks by Kitsap County Sheriff Gary Simpson and a statement by Special Agent Norm Sanders of the FBI's Seattle Field Office, the update brief was delivered by Detective Lt. Jon VanGesen who released the following information:

A Task Force consisting of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal, local, and state partners continues to investigate the murders.

On January 27th, nearly one year ago now, four members of the Careaga family were brutally murdered: Sixteen-year-old Johnathon Higgins, 16-year-old Hunter Schaap and Johnathon’s mother Christale Careaga, age 37, were all shot in their home on Tenino Drive West in Seabeck, in unincorporated Kitsap County. The house was set on fire.

Two days later, on January 29 Johnny Careaga, age 43, was found shot and burned in a truck on a tree farm in Mason County. " We have detectives and agents devoted solely to this case, who continue to investigate all tips and leads," said Detective VanGesen. "While we are reluctant to discuss all our investigative details and methods, we will exploit every technology and all resources available to us to identify the individuals responsible for these heinous murders."

VanGesen thanked members of our community who have "bravely come forward to provide information" on an individual who remains one of the persons of interest in the murders.

Person of Interest

The Person of Interest captured in a Target store video image (above right) on January 15, 2017 has been identified as Danie Kelly, Jr., age 39.

"In the Target store video image Mr. Kelly is wearing clothing associated with the Bandidos Motorcycle Club," said VanGesen. " Investigators have spoken to Mr. Kelly. Mr. Kelly remains a Person of Interest in this case."

He added there are other persons of interest, "some of whom are known associates of Mr. Kelly," and all persons of interest are being actively investigated by the task force.

VaGesen said identification of those individuals may be released later adding that it is believed that some individuals who have been interviewed in this case "have provided false or misleading statements to investigators," and that any persons found to have provided false or misleading information, who lie to federal agents, or who assist persons involved in this case may be arrested and their cases will be reviewed by the prosecutors for charges.

Summary of video

On January 27th , 2017, shortly after 9 p.m., Johnny Careaga was seen at the Camp Union Grocery on Holly Road. Johnny was driving the truck he was later found deceased in. In the video, found here Mr. Careaga is seen pulling up next to an unidentified vehicle in the parking lot and remains there for a few minutes.

His truck is seen leaving the store parking lot. The unidentified vehicle Johnny met with drives into the neighboring church parking lot parks and turns its lights off.

The 911 Call

On January 27th , 2017 at 11:28 p.m., Cencom received a 911 call found here from Hunter Schaap. Hunter says his family has been shot and they are dead and he provides the address to the 911 operator. Hunter says he has been shot and pleas for help.

VanGesen says often, residents of the community have information of value but do not come forward because of concerns that it may not be important or may be information law enforcement already has.

"Let us assess the relevance of your tip," said VanGesen. "Please contact the Task Force with any information you have regarding this person of interest’s activities, associates, friends and other details you are aware of, even if you have previously provided information. If you are concerned about the circumstances in which you obtained this information your identity can remain anonymous. If you are concerned about the circumstances in which you obtained this information your identity can remain anonymous. Our commitment to this case has not waivered and we, as a community, must not lose sight of the end goal of justice for the young and vibrant lives stolen from us all."

Task Force investigators can be contacted @ 360.337.5636 or at quadruplehomicideTF@co.kitsap.wa.us

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound continues to offer a $4,000 cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and charging of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of the Careaga family.

Crime Stoppers can be contacted @ 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), www.p3tips.com or by using the P3tips.com app.



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