Police: Teen confesses to killing father, body found at home

by: Kevin McCarty Updated:

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TACOMA, Wash. -  

Quick Facts:

  • Tacoma teen claims he killed and buried dad
  • Teen is a 16-year-old boy
  • Boy's father was reported missing Saturday 
  • Police found body somewhere on property

Tacoma police have confirmed that a body has been found at the home of a teenager who called 911 Tuesday morning, claiming he murdered his father and buried his body on the property.

“This is now a homicide investigation,” said police spokeswoman Officer Loretta Cool.

A missing persons report was filed Saturday for a man living at the home in the 1900 block of south Madison Street.

Police spokeswoman Officer Loretta Cool said the teenager refused to tell police where the body was or provide any additional information.

“No, I believe in the call in he just said that he had buried him in the backyard,” said Cool.

Officers obtained a search warrant and a dog specially trained to detect human remains was brought in to help investigators.

Video from Chopper 7 showed officers opening a rectangular box next to the home that was filled with dirt.  A crime scene photographer was taking photos, but it is not yet known where the body was found. About an hour later, the Pierce County Medical Examiner arrived and police confirmed a body had been found on the property.

Neighbors said the family has lived at the home for around 15 years. John Thompson said he had met the man reported missing several times but did not know him very well.

“I don’t know why that would have happened. I wouldn’t have known if they did or didn’t get along,” said Thompson.

 Martha Small said she knew little about the family as well. “I think it’s pretty crazy, I mean it’s shocking,” said Small about the teenager’s claim to have killed his father.

Police are questioning the 16-year-old who was taken into custody shortly after he called 911. The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s office will review the case and determine what charges the teenager will face, and whether or not he will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult.

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