Police: Man arrested in connection with Tumwater homicide

TUMWATER, Wash. — A suspect is in custody in connection with the homicide of 24-year-old Sophia Stutzman, Tumwater police said Thursday.

Police found Stutzman lying next to the roadway in the 5500 block of Tyee Drive Southwest in Tumwater on Dec. 12.

When Tumwater officers arrived, they said they immediately started emergency medical aid on Stutzman. Tumwater fire crews at the scene determined Stutzman was dead and had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

Investigators said after determining that Stutzman lived in Everett and had no ties to Tumwater, several leads helped lead them to Matthew McCollian, 34, of Everett, an acquaintance of Stutzman.

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Authorities said they were able to develop probable cause, leading to McCollian’s arrest Wednesday. He was taken in without incident in Tukwila and booked into the Thurston County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

KIRO 7 was told multiple agencies in King and Snohomish counties helped in the investigation leading to McCollian being arrested.