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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - Page updated at 08:00 p.m.

Search for North Bend man continues; officials want information about truck

By Jennifer Sullivan
Seattle Times staff reporter

Homicide investigators are hoping a tip from the public will help lead them to a North Bend man being sought in connection with the deaths of his wife and their daughter.

Faced with speculation that avid outdoorsman Peter Keller could be holed up in the woods, the King County Sheriff's Office released a photo Tuesday of the man's faded red 1994 Toyota pickup in case a hiker may have seen the vehicle parked on a North Bend-area trailhead. Authorities are not looking for the truck; they have it.

"I'm guessing somebody would have seen that truck at a particular trail," said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan. "You've got roughly 1,800 square miles in eastern King County. There's just too much space to cover."

Keller reportedly drove the truck often to his regular hikes along the Interstate 90 corridor, authorities said. He also occasionally took his mountain bike with him and recently had been seen hiking with a "very large backpack," the Sheriff's Office said.

The truck was found parked outside his home in the 47200 block of Southeast 159th Street when fire crews arrived on Sunday morning to battle a fire. Shortly after entering the home, firefighters found the bodies of Keller's wife, Lynnettee Keller, 41, and daughter Kaylene Keller, 19, said sources close to the investigation.

The women had been shot at close range, Strachan said. A pet cat and dog had also been shot and killed.

Firefighters found seven gas cans scattered throughout the house with varying amounts of gasoline inside them, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Kellers' Toyota Corolla was found abandoned near the North Bend Library on Sunday several hours after the fire. Several weapons are missing from the family home, Strachan said.

Investigators on Tuesday were still referring to Peter Keller only as a person of interest in the case.

Strachan said that they "just don't have enough information" to call him a suspect.

Keller has no criminal history, and the Sheriff's Office has no record of domestic violence in the home, said sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone who recalls seeing Keller's red pickup parked at a trailhead in the past year call 206-296-3311 or 911.

Seattle Times news researcher Miyoko Wolf contributed to this report, which includes information from Times archives.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.

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