SHELTON — Mason County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a man Friday in connection with the homicide of a 40-year-old Lilliwaup-area woman.
The woman's body was found Wednesday in Olympic National Forest.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jason Dracobly said the slain woman was identified as Kerry Hagelin, who lived in the Lillliwaup-Brinnon area.
Hagelin’s body was found about three miles west of U.S. Highway 101 on U.S. Forest Service Road 2572 leading to Lena Lake. Two state Department of Natural Resources employees discovered the body while surveying a creek, reporting it to authorities at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We contacted the boyfriend at his house, and he came down and made a confession,” Dracobly said. The arrest was made at about 4 p.m. Friday and the suspect is in custody at Mason County Jail.
He said the suspect’s identity would be withheld until he was formally charged Monday in Mason County Superior Court.
Two Department of Natural Resources employees surveying a stream on Wednesday found the Hagelin’s body of a caucasian female in a creek bed down a steep embankment, Dracolby said.
The cause of death had not yet been determined because the autopsy results were inconclusive, he said. Additional forensic tests were being done by a pathologist with Washington State Patrol’s crime lab.