Police: Man who claimed to find body in barn long knew of it

GLEED, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man who claimed to find a body while digging in a barn near Yakima this week had long known it was there.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the man claimed to have found the body Tuesday in the barn in Gleed, northwest of Yakima.

But the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office says the man is actually a suspect in the case and that he told his mother in November there might be a body in the barn. The mother relayed that information to authorities, but a cadaver dog failed to find anything at the time.

An autopsy on Wednesday determined that the victim was at least 30 years old and had been shot to death. Authorities planned to try to identify him by using dental records.

The sheriff’s office says there are at least two other persons of interest in the case.