Suspected Killer Spent 8 Years Building Bunker

Peter Keller stocked it with generator, ammunition
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2012 7:51 AM CDT
Suspected Killer Spent 8 Years Building Bunker
In this image released by King County Sheriff's Office and taken from the suspects hard-drive on Saturday, April 28, 2012 shows a bunker that deputies say belongs to a man suspected of killing his wife and daughter.   (AP Photo/King County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Some 22 hours after they first located Peter Keller's mountainside bunker, tactical officers set off explosives and entered the dwelling, finding the 41-year-old dead of a self-inflicted gunshot. Keller is believed to have killed his wife and 18-year-old daughter in their home last weekend before fleeing to the bunker, which the AP says Keller spent eight years carving into the side of Rattlesnake Ridge east of Seattle. Photos reveal what one sergeant calls an "amazingly fortified" space packed with at least 13 guns, propane tanks, a generator, body armor, gas cans, and ammunition boxes sealed in Ziploc bags.

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The AP explains that it was no small feat finding—or getting to—Keller's bunker. Photos found in his home and reports from hikers who spotted his pickup at the Rattlesnake Ridge trailhead led experienced trackers with the sheriff's office to the area, where they found off-trail boot prints. SWAT teams, their faces smeared with camouflage paint, spent a grueling seven hours virtually crawling over terrain slick with mud before locating the bunker. A number of officers were treated for dehydration, and one broke his ankle. (Read more Peter Keller stories.)

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