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Originally published Monday, June 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

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Arlington, Wash., man accused of killing sister

A 50-year-old Arlington man was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder in the death of his sister just a few hours after their elderly mother was found dead at the foot of a staircase in the family home, court records show.

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ARLINGTON, Wash. —

A 50-year-old Arlington man was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder in the death of his sister just a few hours after their elderly mother was found dead at the foot of a staircase in the family home, court records show.

The 80-year-old woman's death was initially not thought to be suspicious but is now being reviewed by the Snohomish County medical examiner, The Daily Herald of Everett reported ( http://is.gd/ManC1u) Monday. The older woman was found dead early Saturday.

At an initial court appearance Monday, David W. Thorsen was ordered held on $1 million bail in the death of his 53-year-old sister, KOMO-TV reported (http://is.gd/mkn4S2). The name of the lawyer who represented him was not immediately available Monday night.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the home Sunday by the sister's son, Joel Harris, court documents said. Harris said his mother had disappeared and he was suspicious because her vehicle was at his uncle's property.

Deputies found Thorsen in a car with the engine running, the windows rolled up and a hose leading from the exhaust pipe into the passenger compartment, court papers said.

The woman's body was found in a field, covered with a blanket. Her cause of death is under investigation. Neither she nor her dead mother was immediately identified.

Investigators saw what appeared to be blood on Thorsen's pants and scratches on his hands and legs, case documents said.

Detectives decided there was reason to believe Thorsen was responsible for his sister's death, sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

Early Saturday morning, deputies were called to the home after the elderly woman was found dead.

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