Missing Washington teen found dead in woods
The 16-year-old teenager, Benjamin Eastman, went missing in June. A body has since been found and two suspects were taken into custody.
As reported by the Office of the Lewis County Sheriff on Twitter, a missing person's case was opened after Eastman failed to show up for an evening meeting he had planned with a friend.
A shallow grave was found the following day. Even though the investigating officers were informed that the gravesite was of a recently deceased dog, they felt the 'information was suspicious.'
When the gravesite was discovered, Eastman's friend and his older brother disappeared. They have since been arrested, read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
Officials have since located the 16-year-old Benito Marquez and his 21-year-old brother Jonathon Adamson and charged them with the unlawful disposal of remains.
As reported by People, both suspects are being held on $10 million bail. The community is shocked because Marquez was known as Eastman's oldest friend. He will be tried as an adult.
Missing Wash. Teen Found Dead — and Childhood Friend Charged in Sex Assault, Beating Death https://t.co/zqJIo0G1Ko— People (@people) July 3, 2018
The court documents were obtained by People, who claimed that Adamson and Marquez convinced Eastman to join them on a camping trip in the Washington woods.
Instead of camping, Marquez and Adamson physically and sexually assaulted the teenager before killing him with a rock. They buried his remains in the shallow gravesite.
According to Q13 FOX, Eastman lived with his father in Randle. His family tried to locate the missing teenager and eventually filed the report three days later when their attempts proved unsuccessful.
Eastman's friends and classmates said he was dependable, with classmate Carly King adding that he 'was very kind' and liked by his peers and by the community.
Another friend, Peyton White, said Eastman always had a joke ready to cheer up those around him. "He was a good kid, he was funny," and added that he would "give you the shirt off his back."