Man charged more than 16 years after woman’s decapitated body found in Puget Sound

A 34-year-old man is facing first-degree murder charges more than 16 years after the body of a 33-year-old woman was found decapitated in Puget Sound.

KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. – Editor’s note: The videos above was originally released on August 11 thereafter three men were arrested in connection with the death of Shanan Lynn Read in 2005.

A 34-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2005 death of Shanan Lynn Read in Kitsap County.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), Oscar Gonzales was arrested on Aug. 9 in Riverside, California, in connection with the 33-year-old’s death. Gonzales was charged in Kitsap District Court on Monday afternoon, according to prosecutors.

In addition to Gonzales, two other men were taken into custody this month, according to the KCSO. A 39-year-old man was arrested August 8 in Philadelphia and a 42-year-old man was arrested August 9 in Sarasota, Florida. A fourth suspect in the case has since died.

Investigators have been able to confirm the involvement of the four suspects over the past 10 months.

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Read’s decomposed body was found floating in a plastic container in Puget Sound on January 15, 2006. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife referred the case to the sheriff’s office after responding to a suspicious object floating between Manchester and Blake Island that discovered bodywork.

In March 2006, Read’s head was discovered in the same area. She was identified by fingerprint analysis.

The inquest found that Read was killed in August 2005, five months before her body was found, when she was hit in the head with a metal club. Court documents state that Read was “beaten in retaliation for stealing from her employees during an ongoing criminal enterprise to forge financial documents and commit acts of theft and fraud.”

She was injured in a Seattle apartment, investigators found, then placed in a plastic container and taken to a shack in Port Orchard, where she died.

The 42-year-old man who was arrested told investigators Read “could have been alive” when she was placed in the container and that no one checked her vital signs, pulse or breathing. Gonzales and the 39-year-old man who was arrested took the container with Read into a vehicle and then to a cabin in Kitsap County owned by the 39-year-old’s family, court records show.

For two weeks, the 39- and 42-year-old suspects returned to the cabin and doused their bodies with chemicals to speed up decomposition.

In January 2006, the 39-year-old suspect recruited another man, identified as Michael Thomason, to help dump Read’s body in Puget Sound, according to court documents. Thomason was later convicted of unlawfully disposing of human remains.

According to court documents, Gonzales was an “active participant” in Read’s murder and refused to cooperate when investigators approached him about it in 2007. A family member also identified Gonzales as a “Mexican Mafia affiliate” who was involved in cross-border drug trafficking from California to Washington.

Gonzales fled Washington state after taking part in Read’s murder and helping conceal the body, court documents show.

The Kitsap County Attorney’s Office said the 42-year-old man arrested for Read’s murder is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon. According to prosecutors, there is currently no expected indictment date for the 39-year-old suspect.

All three men are being held on $10 million bail.

Supporting agencies included the US Postal Inspection Service, US Coast Guard Investigative Service, US Marshall Service, and the Philadelphia, Sarasota, and Riverside Police Departments.

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