2 new suspects arrested in 2018 rape-murder of Lewis Co. teen
CHEHALIS, Wash. - Two more suspects have been arrested in connection with the brutal rape and murder of a 16-year-old Lewis County boy last year, officials said.
Both of the suspects were arrested Friday, according to Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer. They are the fifth and sixth persons to be arrested in the case, which resulted in the death of Ben Eastman, 16, of Randle.
One of the new suspects, identified as Michael D. Salazar, 17, has been charged with murder, tampering with evidence and rendering criminal assistance. Court documents allege that he knew about the plan to assault Eastman before it happened, but did nothing to warn anyone and furthermore physically prevented his ex-girlfriend from alerting anyone.
BJ Eastman, Ben’s dad, said at court, “Kind of puts you right back at square one. All the thoughts. I have to relive them again. That one person could have stopped it.”
Salazar’s mother, Amanda Haggerty, is also accused of rending criminal assistance by helping to cover up the crime and misleading detectives. Both are being held on $250,000 bail.
Four other suspects were charged last year in connection with the rape and murder of Eastman, which sent shock waves through the mostly rural county of small towns, forests and farms. All four of those suspects eventually pleaded guilty.
According to court documents, brothers Jonathan Adamson, 22, and Benito Marquez, 17, invited Eastman to go camping with them, then brutally beat, kicked, raped and murdered him on June 23 or 24, 2018.
Afterwards, the prosecution alleges the pair hit him some more with a large rock to ensure he was dead and then buried him, and burned his clothing. The court documents allege the brothers worried the gravesite would be discovered, removed the body and buried it elsewhere on the family's property.
Marquez pleaded guilty to the charges against him in February 2019. Jonathan Adamson pleaded guilty earlier this month.
The mother of the two brothers, Kindra Rose Adamson, 43, also was arrested last year and charged with two counts of rendering criminal assistance in the first degree. She pleaded guilty in August 2018.
Jonathan Adamson's girlfriend, Emma Brown, 21, also was arrested in the case, on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance. Prosecutors say she also knew about the killing but withheld that information from investigators, according to court documents. She pleaded guilty last February.
Jonathan Adamson and Marquez were each charged with rape, murder, tampering with physical evidence, and unlawful disposal of remains.