Police were called to a house in Woodinville where two bodies were discovered by a real estate agent Thursday at noon. The house is the one in which Bernice Jones shot and killed her husband, Armstead U. Jones, 11 months ago.
Photo by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.
by Jeff Switzer
The Woodinville house in which Bernice Jones shot her husband just 11 months ago was the scene of another tragedy last week, when two bodies were discovered by a real estate agent showing the house.
Laura Michelle Montani, a 39-year-old female, and Lloyd Wilbur Brown, 50, believed to be her husband, were found dead on Aug. 29 in their upstairs bedroom at 17106 232nd Ave. NE off the Old Woodinville-Duvall Road.
Death was caused by carbon monoxide intoxication, according to the King County Medical Examiner's office. According to police, there were no visible signs of trauma or forced entry.
It is unknown how carbon monoxide was present in the house, with possibilities ranging from an automobile engine to a leaky gas line in the home. The garage was detatched and separated by a breezeway, and temperatures argue against the furnace producing by-products of carbon monoxide, though a gas stove might.
Police say there is no connection at all between the Jones murder of Sept. 29, 1995 and the two deaths last week. Bernice Jones was sentenced to 10 years in May for shooting her husband, Armstead U. Jones.
The house, listed at $389,000, sits on a secluded 2.5-acre lot in the 17100 block of 232nd Ave. NE off the Old Woodinville-Duvall Road. The real estate agent was walking two prospective buyers through the house at about 11:50 a.m. when the agent found the bodies. The two buyers did not see them.
Neighbors say the couple, possibly from California and with adult children, recently bought the house and had lived there less than two months. They had some work done to it and the "For Sale" sign went back up, or never came down.
Police say there is no indication of illegal drugs in the house, or drug paraphernalia, but have not ruled out a drug overdose. They are continuing their investigation.
Ashley Berg, 17, lives next door and knew the Joneses before the shooting death of Mr. Jones. "To have it happen twice is kind of scary," she said.
"This is too incredible," said neighbor Dennis Lampson, who has lived in Woodinville for 24 years and was familiar with the Bernice Jones case, as well as that of Randy Roth, who lived within blocks and was sentenced in 1994 to 50 years in prison for the drowning death of his wife in Lake Sammamish.