Suspects arrested in murder of Chehalis man after body dumped near South Bay

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has made two arrests in the murder of 37-year old Chehalis man Jose Luis Alejo Tamayo.

Alejo-Tamayo was found deceased on the side of the road by a jogger early Sunday morning, on 12th Ave NE west of South Bay Road. Detectives responded and confirmed that he died of a gunshot wound.

Earlier this week, detectives put out an attempt to locate on a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis that they believed to be involved in the homicide. On Wednesday, that vehicle was located in the 1500 block of 38th Lane NE. Detectives seized the vehicle as evidence and arrested a 30-year old woman on suspicion of 1st Degree Rendering Criminal Assistance.

Detectives say additional information then led them to an address in the 3300 block of Martin Way E where a 37-year old woman was arrested on suspicion of 1st Degree Murder. Both women have been booked into the county jail and are expected to appear in court either Thursday or Friday.

The case continues to be investigated and anyone with information should contact the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

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