Kitsap County police are investigating a possible connection between the murder of a Port Orchard, Wash. mother and a thread on the image board 4chan that appears to contain a confession—and photographs of the woman's body.
According to screenshots purportedly taken of the 4chan thread, an anonymous poster left the following message, along with photographs of what appear to be a dead body, just before 2 p.m. local time:
Check the news for Port Orchard Washington in a few hours. Her son will be home from school soon. He'll find her, then call the cops. I just wanted to share the pics before they find me. I bought a BB gun that looks realistic enough. When they come, I'll pull it and it will be suicide by cop. I understand the doubts. Just check the fucking news. I have to lose my phone now.
The thread has since disappeared from 4chan, which has fast turnover, but links to the thread and the photos were posted in the comments of a Port Orchard Independent story Tuesday afternoon at 2:54 p.m. local time; the woman's son called police to report his mother's murder at 3:26 p.m.
Here's the image currently being circulated on 4chan and elsewhere, with the photographs blurred:
The woman, whose name has not been released, was in her early 30s. Police told KIRO that the woman's gold 2001 Ford Focus is missing. A neighbor told KOMO that the woman and her family—her son and her husband or boyfriend—moved into the apartment last month. [...]
Detectives called the images "disturbing," but are still investigating if there is a link to the murder. However, with the threat of "suicide by cop" extra officers were stationed around the crime scene for protection.
I've contacted the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department for further comment on the investigation and will update if my message is returned.
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