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Fri Jun 28, 2019, 05:34 PM

Washington state man guilty of killing young Saanich, B.C., couple

Source: Associated Press

Washington state man guilty of killing young Saanich, B.C., couple

The Associated Press Posted: Jun 28, 2019 12:37 PM PT | Last Updated: an hour ago

A Washington state man accused of killing a young Vancouver Island couple back in 1987 has been found guilty.

U.S. media outlets are reporting William Earl Talbott II has been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The jury had begun deliberating Tuesday afternoon, the Daily Herald reported.

Twenty-year-old Jay Cook and 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg had been travelling from Saanich, B.C., to Seattle, Wash., when they disappeared. Their bodies were later found in rural areas in Washington, but Talbott wasn't immediately arrested. It would take 30 years and new crime scene DNA testing through a genealogy site to find their killer.

Prosecutors say on Nov. 18, 1987, Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend Cook drove a van from their hometown of Saanich, near Victoria, to Seattle for an overnight trip.

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Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/washington-state-killing-vancouver-island-couple-found-guilty-1.5194479

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