Central Kitsap murder stumps detectives

A murder in East Bremerton has the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office stymied.

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 60-year-old Richard Anthony Carbone of East Bremerton inthe first-degree murder of 18-year-old Daniel Ray Elzie. The arrest stems from an apparent early-morning shooting which turned deadly at the Rolling Hills Apartment complex on the 2500 block of NE McWilliams Road.

Elzie, who is listed as a transient from South Kitsap, might have been staying with Carbone at the time of the murder, according to Dep. Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the KCSO.

“We’ve established that the two were acquaintances, and that Elzie had been staying at other residences in the area as well,” Wilson said.

Elzie would have celebrated his 19th birthday Oct. 30.

Authorities are currently trying to wade through numerous rumors to figure out the facts of the case, Wilson said.

Authorities are talking to other residents in the apartment complex, as well as the families of both Carbone and Elzie, Wilson said.

The main questions deputies don’t have answers for are: how long the two knew each other, what the exact relationship between them was, and how long Elzie had been staying with Carbone, Wilson said.

In a case full of perplexities, the most bizarre fact is that while the shooting appeared to occur in the early morning hours, the police were not called until 10:30 a.m. A member of Carbone’s family called police, Wilson said.

Carbone was arrested about 3 p.m. Sunday and booked into the Kitsap County Jail in Port Orchard, according to a KCSO press release. His bail was set at $1 million.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon to confirm Elzie’s cause of death. The results were unavailable at press time.

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