3 bodies at nursery ID'd as missing Wash. men

AP News
Posted: Mar 26, 2011 12:25 AM
3 bodies at nursery ID'd as missing Wash. men

Officials say three bodies found this month at a suburban Seattle nursery are those of three men who disappeared in December on their way home from working at a floral business.

King County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said Friday all three are homicide victims who died of gunshot wounds. He says no one has been arrested. Detectives from the sheriff's office and Lakewood police are investigating.

The King County medical examiner's office identified the bodies found March 10 as those of 25-year-old Jesus Avila-Bejar, 26-year-old Yazmani Quezada-Ortiz and 29-year-old Cristian Rangel. Urquhart says the men lived in Lakewood and the Tacoma area.

All three left their homes on Dec. 12 to carpool to work in Seattle in Quezada-Ortiz's pickup truck. They left work sometime after 3 p.m. but never returned home.

The pickup was found abandoned two days later at a Kent apartment complex about three miles from the Rainier Nursery, where the bodies were found.