Peter Keller killed his wife and daughter in their Washington home before committing suicide in his self-built bunker.
"NORTH BEND, Wash. - Deputies blasted the roof off a mountainside bunker and found a body believed to be that of accused double murderer Peter Keller inside the hideout, stuffed with guns and ammo, where he had apparently holed up after killing his wife and daughter.
"A pistol and a large quantity of blood were seen near the body, said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan. Investigators later determined that the man had died of a single gunshot to the head. The body was found at about 9:45 a.m. Saturday after a SWAT team was able to maneuver in with explosives and blow a portion of the roof off the heavily fortified bunker, said King County sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
Deputies then entered the bunker, where they discovered a body which they said appeared to be Keller. It appeared as though he had died some hours before, West said.
"Investigators later found at least 13 guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a large gun scope, two bullet-proof vests, a generator, propane, gas cans, binoculars and Keller's ID during a search of the underground complex.
"Officials said it appeared Keller, 41, had spent eight years building the elaborate hideaway near Rattlesnake Ridge in the Cascade foothills.
"King County sheriffs' officials said a bomb disposal unit combed through the bunker after the body was discovered, but found no signs of booby traps or explosives.
"Crime scene investigators then entered the hideout to begin their work. Once inside, they found a multi-level underground complex, complete with kitchen, storerooms and multiple camouflaged entries.
"Ultimately the bunker will be destroyed so that it does not present a danger to hikers or campers in the area, officials said.
"'There's been a huge sigh of relief,' King County sheriff's Sgt. Katie Larson said. 'Our people are out safe, and the trails are now safe for the community to use.'"
"Deputies and a SWAT team surrounded the bunker Friday after figuring out its location using landmarks in photos that Keller left behind on a computer hard drive in his burning home. He apparently thought the computer drive would be destroyed in the blaze, but fire crews extinguished the blaze before it was damaged."
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