A woman was found beaten to death in her car, and her boyfriend has been arrested after turning himself in, Clallam County sheriff's deputies said.

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PORT ANGELES — A woman was found beaten to death in her car, and her boyfriend has been arrested after turning himself in, Clallam County sheriff’s deputies said.


The body of Amber Rae Bulus-Steed, 26, a mother of two, was found early yesterday in the passenger seat of the car outside the home where she lived with her boyfriend and his parents, but she may have died at a motel in Sequim, Undersheriff Fred DeFrang said.


The boyfriend, Nathan E. Hipsher, 25, turned himself in later yesterday and was jailed for investigation of second-degree murder.


DeFrang said deputies were dispatched to Hipsher’s house south of Port Angeles after getting a 911 call and found Steed had been fatally beaten in the head.


Witnesses told investigators that Hipsher arrived at the house, said Bulus-Steed was not breathing, then left when the call was placed to 911.


“Clearly she had been deceased for awhile,” he said. “Her body temperature was not what it would have been expected to be, had she just died at or near the scene where she was found.”


Checking a room registered to Hipsher at the Greathouse Motel in Sequim, more than 15 miles away, police and sheriff’s deputies subsequently found blood and evidence of a struggle, the undersheriff said.


General manager Melissa Newkirk said three of the 38 units were occupied Tuesday night, and neither she nor a couple who live at the motel heard anything suspicious.


The man who rented the room “was good-looking and really nice, not uptight or agitated, and the last person I expected to cause trouble at my motel,” Newkirk said, “and I’ve rented to a lot of shady people, so I’m really surprised.”