Authorities say they have made “significant progress” in the homicide investigation of three bodies found over the weekend in a cornfield in rural Benton County.
Sheriff’s office officials remained mum Monday on details of the investigation and exactly what progress has been made in the case. However, more information is expected to be released this afternoon following the results of autopsies.
The investigation into the killings of David Perez Saucedo, 21, Victoria Torres, 19, and Abigail Torres, 23, is going well, Lt. Chuck Jones told the Herald on Sunday.
"It'll come to fruition in the next couple days, one way or the other," he said.
Victoria and Abigail Torres are not related.
No other information was released about the triple homicide, but Jones said the public should not be worried.
He said the deaths are not a serial killing in the common use of the word.
"There's at least one or more people out there who have committed a murder," he said. "They're actively being pursued by law enforcement. They're obviously a threat to law enforcement as we try to apprehend them, but the public in general should not be concerned."
Two of the victims' bodies were found about 6 a.m. Saturday by a worker with Easterday Farms a couple of miles southeast of the intersection of Nine Canyon and Coffin roads south of Finley, Jones said.
Deputies arrived a short time later and found the third person.
Investigators believe the three were killed about the same time, though Jones declined to say if their bodies were left there or if they were killed in the field.
Jones also would not say where the three were from. However, friends told the Herald that Victoria Torres lived in Pasco and attended Pasco High School. It's unclear how long she went to the school or if she graduated.
Friends described her as a sweet, caring teen who was well known in the community.
"I don't know how someone could kill her," said a longtime friend who asked not to be named because no arrests had been made. "She was so innocent."
Sheriff's investigators are working with the Washington State Patrol's crime laboratory, Jones said.
Jones declined to say whether investigators know who the suspects are, or whether the case is gang- or drug-related.
The case is unique, he said, noting the complexities of it prevent officials from releasing more information.
"We don't want to taint the investigation," he said. "We want to solve this for the victims and their families and their friends."
Autopsies are scheduled for 9 a.m. today.