SPOKANE, Wash. - Days after Spokane Police began investigating two unrelated murders, which happened just blocks from each other in Spokane's West Central neighborhood, we've now learned the identity of the second murder victim. Michelle Koenen, 48, was found strangled to death inside an apartment on the 2300 block of W. Broadway Friday afternoon, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner.
At the same time. police are investigating the murder of 28-year-old David DePonte who was found shot to death in an alley outside of his apartment near Bridge and Cannon St Friday. By Monday, officials from the Medical Examiner's office confirmed that DePonte died from of a gunshot wound to his head.
Police said the homicides are not related and the two alleged murderers are still at large.
In Koenen's death, investigators are looking for this 38-year-old Tony Callihan. He is the only suspect in her death. Police said the two had been dating but it's unclear for how long or what led to the murder. Investigators said Callihan was seen leaving Koenen's apartment on Friday in her vehicle, a 2000 Dodge Stratus with the license plate 474WRH. The car is sea foam green in color.
Police said Callihan is likely armed and considered very dangerous. Callihan is no stranger to the law. In fact, he has two strikes against him according to Spokane Police. A third strike would put him behind bars for good. Callihan also has a Department of Corrections Escape warrant. Detectives believe he could be capable of anything to avoid going back to jail.
Spokane Police Lieutenant Joe Walker said, "I know in my career, I've chased him a bunch of times. He's not one to typically pull over and give up and I think that's why we want this information out to the public."
Police believe it's possible Callihan could be in North Spokane since they said he has ties to that area.
Meanwhile, Major Crimes detectives are piecing together any leads about DePonte's murder. On Monday, detectives said that DePonte was likely run over by a car in addition to his gun shot wound.
So far, Walker said police have not identified a suspect or even a person of interest in DePonte's murder. They're still struggling to piece together what happened in the last days and hours before his death. DePonte may have gang ties and detectives are currently investigating that possibility.
Spokane Police officers and detectives said they're using every resource to solve the two homicides. If you have any information all Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-tips or Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.