A 16-year-old Olympia boy who went missing on August 31 and was found safe on Tilley Rd S the next evening, has been arrested for murder by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
On August 31st, around 5:30 pm, Thurston County deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle in the 16100 block of Tilley Rd S. They found a vehicle registered to the parents of 16-year-old Gabriel Davies. Davies’ parents said he was supposed to be going to football practice at Olympia High School at 4:00 pm, but he never arrived.
There was a small amount of blood and a smashed cell phone at the scene where his vehicle was located, leading Deputies to come to the conclusion that he was missing under suspicious circumstances.
After publishing information about the missing teenager online, TCSO Detectives received multiple tips from people who said they saw Davies walking alone on Tilley Rd at approximately 5:30 pm that night. Search and Rescue resources, including resources from Olympia Police, the FBI, WSP, and the WA State Parks Department, searched for Davies until they located him safe around 10:00 pm the next evening, September 1st.
Concurrently, at 9:26 am on September 1st, deputies in Pierce County say they responded to a welfare check at a residence in the 21900 block of 190th St E in Orting. They were dispatched because the 51-year-old resident had not shown up for work in 4 days.
Deputies entered the residence and located the man deceased from a gunshot wound. No firearm was nearby. Detectives from PCSD spent Thursday and Friday processing the scene. On Friday night, they had reached probable cause to arrest two 16-year-old males in connection with the homicide.
Gabriel Davies and another 16-year-old male were booked into the Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center in Pierce County on charges of Murder 2nd Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.