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Keller's earthen bunker dismantled

The top of Peter Keller's bunker near Rattlesnake Ridge was dismantled Tuesday and crews began filling in the structure. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot Saturday, six days after he allegedly killed his wife and daughter.

Seattle Times staff

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The supplies Peter Keller painstakingly packed in to the earthen bunker he spent eight years carving out of a hillside on Rattlesnake Ridge have been bagged and carted away.

The top of the bunker was dismantled Tuesday and crews began filling in the three-chambered structure — which had been equipped with plumbing and a homemade woodstove — with dirt and wood.

Demolition of Keller's hideout, created by the survivalist in anticipation of "the end of the world," is expected to be completed late Wednesday, according to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The heavily armed Keller, 41, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head Saturday, six days after he allegedly killed his wife of 21 years, Lynnettee, and his 19-year-old daughter, Kaylene, in their beds. He also allegedly shot and killed the family's pets and torched their house near North Bend.

The arson, which King County sheriff's detectives say was started by placing a gas can on a hot stove, failed to burn the house down, leaving behind key evidence — including photos that helped investigators locate Keller's bunker.

He was charged with arson and two counts of first-degree murder on Wednesday, and sheriff's deputies found and surrounded his hideout on Friday. Keller killed himself during the law-enforcement siege.

The demolition crew is made up of five DNR recreation and forestry staff members, five Washington Conservation Crew members and three members of the King County parks-maintenance staff.

"The site-restoration work should be completed by Wednesday and debris taken to the landfill," Doug McClelland, assistant region DNR manager, said in a news release.

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