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Elementary School Teacher found Stabbed to Death in Washington, Authorities find another Body while on Manhunt for Husband

Elementary School Teacher found Stabbed to Death in Washington, Authorities find another Body while on Manhunt for Husband

Seattle, WA: An elementary school teacher was found dead at her residence after a mother-in-law called to report that her son had become suicidal. The police arrived at the reported location and found the wife dead.

Soon after the discovery the manhunt began for the husband and a body was discovered in the water with an abandoned car on a bridge.

Investigators began to suspect that the elementary school teacher’s husband—whom they had previously identified as a person of interest—may have committed suicide. The teacher had been found stabbed to death.

According to the Anacortes Police Department, 41-year-old Caitlin Follstad was discovered in her residence in the 2200 block of J Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. Follstad taught fifth grade at Island View Elementary.

Authorities added that the 911 caller reported his 41-year-old son, Kevin Follstad, as perhaps suicidal and stating that he was heading to the Deception Pass bridge. The truck was located on the center island of the Deception Pass bridge by troopers from the Washington State Patrol, but the man has not been located despite the use of police dogs in the hunt, according to authorities.

A body was reportedly found in the sea near Deception Pass earlier in the day, prompting various agencies to respond. The recovery and positive identification of the remains were priorities for the officials.

Authorities think it’s related to the murder, according to Anacortes Police Department spokesperson Brent Lindquist, who spoke with the ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO.

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He told the station that they believe that’s what happened based on the case facts, what has happened, where the vehicle was recovered, and the unknown nature of his location.

According to the authorities, the grandkids are safe with their grandparents as they were not at home when the murder occurred.

Neighbor Kurt Kobs of the Follstads was taken aback.

“The most tragic aspect of it all is the thought that these children will spend the rest of their lives knowing that their father murdered their mother, and with her gone, they no longer have a mother figure in their lives,” he stated.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the tragic loss of Caitlin Follstad, a cherished member of the Island View Elementary community,” the statement said. “Her passion for education led her to Island View Elementary, where she served as a teacher, mentor, and friend. The Anacortes School District extends its sympathies to Caitlin’s family, friends, students, and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Grief counselors will be available to help kids and staff who are touched by the death, according to the district.

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According to KOMO-TV, an ABC Seattle affiliate, police had responded in March to a request for a mental health evaluation for the spouse, but the request was never followed up on.

According to the station’s reporting, police stated that the individual’s actions at the time did not meet the standards for involuntary treatment, and they freely refused to communicate with medical staff.

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