Police say a 22-year-old man is a "person of interest" in the deaths of a woman and two children whose bodies were found in a home in north Spokane.
SPOKANE — A woman and her two children are dead and a killer is at large in what police are considering a triple homicide in north Spokane.
Friends confirmed that Tracy Ann Ader, 32, was found slain in her home on North Whitehouse Street, where police responded Friday after a person called 911 to report a body in the home about 7:30 p.m.
Spokane County property records confirm Ader has owned the home since 2009.
Dustin William Gilman, 22, was identified this morning as a “person of interest” in the slayings and is being sought for questioning by police.
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Capt. Frank Scalise, patrol-division commander of the Spokane Police Department called the case a “potential domestic violence” situation, and authorities scoured a wide swath of north Spokane late into the night Friday.
Investigators still are sorting through what police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe described as a “chaotic” case, and they could not provide details on the relationship between Gilman and Ader.
“I wish I could give a better picture of what happened, but we’re still figuring it out ourselves,” DeRuwe said.
Gilman is described as 5-foot-8, 170 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes.
Police also are looking for a vehicle Gilman may be driving: a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, blue or silver in color, Washington license 983-WKJ.
Police ask anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Gilman or his car to call 911 immediately and not attempt to contact him.
While police would not say the manner of the victims’ deaths, they did say it was clear the victims could not be resuscitated when emergency responders arrived Friday.
The neighborhood is near a main arterial through the city, and several blocks from a park.
Gilman is a felon who was sentenced to nine months in jail in 2009 after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree trafficking in stolen property.
He has an extensive juvenile criminal history, including convictions in Kootenai County in 2005 for stolen property and car theft.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report