PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Human remains found in a burned-out truck found in Mason County have been confirmed as that of Kitsap County homeowner John D. Careaga, 43, authorities said Tuesday night.
Three other victims — his wife, his teenage son and another teenage boy — were found dead in his burned home earlier.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office called it a “quadruple homicide” in its news release. “Based on the investigation and evidence so far, detectives do not believe these four murders were a random act.”
The investigation began last Friday, when three bodies were discovered inside a home near Seabeck. The home was initially set on fire, Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies said.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims in Careaga’s home near Lake Tahuyeh as Hunter Schaap, 16, Johnathon Higgins, 16, and Careaga’s wife, Christale Lynn Careaga, 37.