Wash. Mom and 3 Kids Found Dead in Home After Fire, and Husband Who Ran From Scene Is Arrested

A motive has not been established for the horrific alleged crime

Valerie Kambeitz, Lilly, Emma and Jayden
Photo: Facebook

After extinguishing a trailer fire in Port Angeles, Washington, early Saturday morning, firefighters discovered the bodies of a 34-year mother and her three young children — and now, the woman’s husband is facing a host of criminal charges.

PEOPLE confirms Timothy Wetherington, 34, has been taken into custody for his alleged role in the mobile home blaze, charged with one count of first-degree arson and four counts of first-degree murder.

Matthew Timothy Wetherington, age 34
Port Angeles Police Department

Police in Port Angeles have yet to positively identify the remains recovered from the scorched trailer, but relatives have launched a GoFundMe campaign and named the four dead as Valerie Kambeitz, 34, Lilly Kambeitz, 9, Emma Kambeitz, 6, and Jayden Kambeitz, 5.

Authorities have confirmed Valerie and her three children remain unaccounted for.

Valerie Kambeitz, Lilly, Emma and Jayden
Valerie Kambeitz and family. Facebook

“We are shocked and horrified about [what] has happened to our family,” reads the GoFundMe page, which will help cover funeral costs for all four victims. “We can not understand how someone could do this to them.”

Police said witnesses spotted Wetherington running from the fire Saturday morning.

Clallam County Sheriff's Office Detective Josh Ley, right, hands an evidence marker to an ATF agent as investigators comb through the scene of a fire in Port Angeles, Wash., Sunday, July 7, 2019
Investigators at the scene of the fire. Jesse Major/The Peninsula Daily News via AP

Wetherington, Valerie’s husband, lived with the family. Investigators did not say whether he is the father of her children.

A motive has not been established.

Wetherington was found Saturday evening, camped in the woods not far from the crime scene.

After questioning, Wetherington was booked into the Clallam County Jail, where he remains without bail.

Valerie Kambeitz, Lilly, Emma and Jayden
The children. GoFundMe

He has yet to enter pleas to the charges he faces, and it was unclear Monday if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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KIRO reports that Wetherington is a Level III sex offender, with previous convictions for child molestation and burglary with sexual motivation.

Port Angeles police Officer T.J. Mueller looks over the scene of a fire that destroyed two mobile homes and left several dead early Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the Welcome Inn RV Park in Port Angeles, Wash
The scene of the fire. Keith Thorpe/The Peninsula Daily News via AP

The station also notes a vigil is planned for the family Monday at the Port Angeles City Pier at 5 p.m.

Anyone with information relevant to this case is asked to call (360) 452-4545.

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