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San Juans murder-suicide started in Bellevue
Posted by Nicole Tsong
Detectives have pinpointed a time and place in the murder of Sammamish music teacher Rhan Rha, who was found strangled on Aug. 12 on a powerboat in the San Juan Islands.
Bellevue police say they have evidence that Albert Carl Beutler, who Rha had been dating, strangled the 39-year-old woman around 2 a.m. Aug. 12 at his condo in Bellevue. Beutler then took her body with him to Seattle and the San Juan Islands, where investigators tracked him down on a powerboat.
Beutler shot and killed himself as investigators pursued the boat off of Orcas Island, police said, and Rha's body was found on the boat.
Police and the U.S. Coast Guard started looking for Beutler after he sent a text message to a friend claiming he killed his girlfriend, police said.
Bellevue police have taken over the case from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. The murder is the second one for the city this year. There were no murders in 2008 or 2007.
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