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Coast Guardsman sought in Wash. death found dead

Coast Guardsman sought in Wash. death found dead

By Associated Press. CREATED Aug 12, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say a Coast Guardsman identified as a suspect in the slaying of a 59-year-old Washington state woman has been found dead in an apparent suicide in a remote area near Show Low, Arizona.

The U.S. Marshals Service says deputy marshals located 33-year-old Michael G. Arnold of Boise, Idaho, on Saturday at a family-owned Arizona cabin. Deputy U.S. Marshal Frederick Freeman of Phoenix says Arnold had hanged himself. Freeman says deputy marshals saw what appeared to be messages spray-painted on the cabin's exterior walls asking for forgiveness.

Police in the northwest Washington city of Bellingham say they questioned Arnold last week in the Aug. 3 death of Abigail Gulotta. Police Lt. Rick Sucee says detectives had insufficient evidence to arrest Arnold but his statements "made him a stronger suspect." He was taken to a Coast Guard base in Seattle but authorities say he drained his bank account and vanished.

Arnold's Coast Guard cutter had been docked in the Bellingham area for maintenance. The cutter Sherman is based in San Diego, California.