Double murder suspect nabbed in New Mexico

Matsen -
— image credit:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The four-day manhunt is over for Bryan Christopher Matsen, the primary suspect in the shooting death of his wife Evelyn Matsen, 34, and stepson Wahren Agonoy, 13.

The 35-year-old suspect was apprehended by University of New Mexico police in Albuquerque just after midnight on Thursday. He reportedly called the campus 911 system from a public safety telephone requesting medical assistance. He was found to have stab wounds which authorities believe may have been self-inflicted.

“From what I understand he walked on campus,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Campus police discovered the warrants for Bryan Matsen’s arrest and called KCSO to confirm those warrants. As of press time he was in satisfactory condition at an Albuquerque hospital and will be placed into Albuquerque Police custody upon his release.

“He will be detained pending extradition back here,” Wilson said. “He will go before a court down there. He needs to be advised of his warrants and rights.”

On Sunday KCSO deputies discovered Evelyn Matsen and Agonoy dead of apparent shotgun wounds in their Northeast Woods Place home in East Bremerton. Police believe the murders occurred last Friday, Nov. 4, soon after Agonoy returned home from school at Fairview Junior High. At the time of her death, Evelyn Matsen had a temporary protection order on her husband which was issued last month.

At about 5:05 p.m. that Friday, Edmonds police detained Bryan Matsen after he was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car on the Kingston/Edmonds ferry and was obviously intoxicated. He was cited and checked into Stevens Hospital in Edmonds for a mental health evaluation after making suicidal statements. He was last seen leaving the Edmonds hospital prior to being apprehended in New Mexico.

Meanwhile KCSO detectives are continuing their investigation.

“We want to make sure we can put together as tight a package as possible for the prosecutors,” Wilson said.

He added that the form of transportation Bryan Matsen took to New Mexico is still unknown, as is any connection he may or may not have with Albuquerque.

“We’ll find out more details as they come to light,” Wilson said.

Evelyn Matsen’s coworkers at Belmont Terrace in Bremerton have established a funeral fund at Bank of America. Donations can be made to the “Evelyn Matsen Funeral Fund” at any local branch.

“We’re planning to make it a nationwide fund,” said Hazel, one of Evelyn Matsen’s co-workers, who wished to not have her last name printed.

Not only was Hazel a friend and co-worker of Evelyn Matsen, but her son

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 21
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates