UPDATE: suspect arrested in fatal Kent car jacking

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A KOMO News aerial photo of the white pick-up truck that was carjacked, leading to the murder of its registered owner,{ }Jered Sperling, 38. His body was discovered in the bed of the truck at an apartment complex in Kent, WA. (photo: KOMO News)

UPDATE: Kent Police arrest a suspect in the murder of a storage facility manager after his half-ton pick-up truck was carjacked. The suspect is a 23-year-old Kent man, police said Wednesday. His name was not immediately released because he has not been formally charged yet.

A second person of interest in the case also has been identified. He is cooperating with the investigation and it has been determined that he is not a suspect in this case, police said.

The carjacking incident unfolded at around 8 p.m. Monday at the East Hill Storage facility at 10625 SE 240th St., said Detective Melanie Robinson of the Kent police.

A suspect made a forced entry into the pickup as it was stopped at the gate of the storage facility. The suspect then drove from the scene - with owner Jered Sperling still inside the truck - before officers arrived.

When the truck and Sperling still had not been found by the next day, police sent out an urgent request for help from the public to find him. Soon after, the truck was found at a Kent apartment complex with Sperling's body in the truck bed.


KENT, Wash. - The search for a missing carjacking victim whose truck was stolen is now a homicide investigation after the missing man's body was found inside the truck, police said.

Two persons of interest are being sought in connection with the case.

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