The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 49-year-old man they say killed a Granite Falls man and burned his body.
A Granite Falls man who went missing earlier this month was shot to death by a man who has fled the state, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s investigators are searching for George Hatt Jr., 49, in connection with the slaying of Andrew Spencer.
Witnesses told investigators that the two men got into a fight in early November after Hatt accused Spencer of breaking into his house. Investigators believe Hatt shot Spencer, burned his body and buried his remains off the Mountain Loop Highway, near the 21100 block of 133rd Street Northeast in Granite Falls, sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton writes in a news release.
Ireton said investigators have established probable cause to arrest Hatt.
“Hatt is believed to have fled the area with his girlfriend about a week ago to California, where he was already wanted for parole violation. Hatt is considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information of his whereabouts should call 911 immediately,” Ireton writes.
On Wednesday, sheriff’s investigators found human remains believed to belong to Spencer in Granite Falls. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating.
On Tuesday, Spencer’s car was found abandoned in Granite Falls, with its tires missing and windows broken out.
Spencer, 31, was last seen on Nov. 3.