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Man suspected of killing 6-year-old boy booked into Snohomish County Jail

David Pakko. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
David Pakko. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

By Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

October 17, 2017, 4:04 pm update.

A 19 year-old man from Kerville, Texas, has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail for 1st degree murder. He suspected of killing a 6-year-old Lynnwood boy yesterday.

The name of the suspect, who was visiting his family in Lynnwood, will not be released until he makes his initial appearance in court.

The following is a synapsis of the detective's charging recommendation from the suspect's "super form" which establishes probable cause for booking into jail:

"On 10/16/17, between the approximate hours of 1400 and 1500 hours, a six year old male, D.P. was left in the care of 19 year old [name redacted] at Bristol Square Apartments, 15700 44 Ave W #C103, Lynnwood, Unincorporated Snohomish County, WA. [name redacted] admitted, during that time, to filling a bathtub with water with the intention of drowning and killing D.P. [name redacted] admitted to calling D.P. to the bathroom, picking him up and placing him face down in the water, and holding D.P.’s head underneath the water while D.P. struggled for approximately 30 seconds before becoming still. [name redacted] said he left D.P. face down in the water for approximately six minutes. He did not provide life saving measures on D.P. [name redacted] changed his clothing, wrapped D.P.’s body in a blanket and placed him in a cardboard box, which he used to dispose D.P.’s body in the nearest garbage dumpster. D.P. was determined to be deceased by paramedics on scene approximately 12 hours after his initial disappearance."

Original October 17, 2017, article.

The body of a missing 6-year-old boy was located early Tuesday morning, October 17, 2017, in a dumpster at the apartment complex north of Lynnwood where he lived. There is evidence that the boy was the victim of homicide.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputies and volunteers had been searching for David Pakko since Monday afternoon, October 16th.

Major Crimes detectives are investigating and a 19-year-old male has been taken into custody. The suspect is a relative of the victim.

Detectives are processing the crime scene and are expected to be working for several hours.

The cause and manner of death, as well as formal identification, are pending from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner.