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Nearly four months after Jacob Gonzales was named as a person of interest in his girlfriend’s homicide, Island County prosecutors charged the 33-year-old with second-degree murder after forensic testing found Gonzales’ DNA on the hilt of a samurai sword stained with the victim’s blood, charging papers say.

A $1 million, nationwide warrant was issued Thursday for Gonzales, who allegedly fled Washington and abandoned his girlfriend’s car in Northern California on Feb. 16, a day or two after she is believed to have been killed on a 10-acre property on Camano Island, according to prosecutors.

Nearly three weeks later, on March 3, a man interested in buying the 10-acre parcel off of Shady Lane went to walk the property with several friends, the charges say. Down a ravine, the group spotted a red wagon, tarps and other items that looked out of place, so they went to investigate. They discovered a sleeping bag wrapped in a tarp, and one man used his foot to push back the top of the sleeping bag.

Inside the sleeping bag, the group found the decapitated body of a woman, who was later identified as Katherine Cunningham, 26.

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