Davido Koep : “Missing Thurston County Couple Found Dead near JBLM: Suspect Arrested for Murder”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Tragic Discovery: Bodies of Missing Couple Found near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

OLYMPIA – A heart-wrenching discovery was made on Saturday near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) as officials announced the recovery of two bodies. The bodies are believed to be those of Davido and Karen Koep, a Thurston County couple who had gone missing in November, leaving their loved ones and community in a state of distress.

According to a press release issued by the authorities, deputies responded to reports of a body near Stedman Road Southeast on JBLM property on Saturday afternoon. During the subsequent investigation, deputies, along with JBLM police, made a grim discovery – a second body was found, leading to the belief that it could be the missing couple.

Thurston County Sheriff expressed his grief, saying, “Sadly, we believe Davido and Karen Koep have been located based on the preliminary investigation.” The couple, Dr. Karen Koep and Davido, were last seen on November 13. Concerned for their well-being, deputies conducted a welfare check at their residence in the Lake Forest Development, only to find that the couple had vanished without a trace.

Earlier in November, an Olympian man in his 40s was taken into custody as a suspect in the case. He appeared in court on November 20 and has since remained in jail without bail, as prosecutors argued that he poses a flight risk and a danger to the community. Court documents released recently revealed that the suspect was being evicted by the Koeps before their disappearance. Additionally, he resided in close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The suspect’s arrest took place on November 17, four days following the couple’s disappearance. Deputies discovered him hiding from law enforcement off the side of a trail. He was subsequently booked into Thurston County Jail on charges of two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.

As the investigation continues, family and friends of Davido and Karen Koep held a prayer vigil in Lacey on November 19, seeking solace and unity during this trying time. Karen’s sister, Pauline Dutton, implored for justice to be served, while also remembering the couple’s contributions to the community.

Anyone with information regarding Davido and Karen Koep is urged to contact the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office at detectives@co.thurston.wa.us. As this is an ongoing investigation, FOX 13 will provide updates accordingly. The community remains in shock and mourning as they grapple with the loss of this beloved couple.

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