Homicide victim’s body not found for three days
A homeless man suspected of murdering a Colville area resident was apprehended by Sheriff’s Deputies last Thursday and is being charged with First Degree Murder. Morgan L. Beadle, 30, was arrested at the Pierre Lake campground with the assistance of the U.S. Border Patrol and state and local agencies, according to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office. Beadle is being charged in the death of Timothy L. Roberts, 68, who was found dead nearby his home on Mill Creek Road on April 18. Roberts is believed to be a relative of Beadle.
Officials initially responded to the Roberts property on April 15 after Beadle reported a house fire on the property. Roberts could not be located at the time of the fire and Beadle was not considered a suspect for any crime, so he was not detained by officers. Three days later, Roberts’ body was found near Mill Creek that runs through the property. An autopsy found Roberts’ death to be a homicide. Beadle was named as a person of interest in the case and a press release was issued by the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office asking the public to share information that could help locate Beadle.
On April 21, Stevens County Dispatch received a 911 call from a citizen who said he had contact with Beadle at the Pierre Lake Campground. Law enforcement responded and Beadle was taken into custody without incident.
Beadle was transported to the Stevens County Jail where he was booked on First Degree Murder charges. Beadle had an initial appearance in Stevens County Superior Court on April 22. He is being represented by defense attorney Paul Wasson and has a status hearing on May 10. Beadle has not entered a plea in relation to the First Degree Murder charges.
Sheriff Kendle Allen issued a press release thanking those who helped in Beadle’s capture.
“We would like to thank the public and all the agencies involved in the hard work and effort to make the arrest of Beadle including the US Marshals Service, US Border Patrol, US Park Service, Washington State Patrol and Department of Fish & Wildlife and Spokane City Police K9,” said Allen. “We also want to thank the Colville Police Department also for supporting the effort with man power the night of the original call.”
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff