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Authorities identify body found buried in barn near Yakima

September 28, 2018

GLEED, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified a body found buried in a barn in June near Yakima as that of a 45-year-old missing man.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the state crime lab confirmed Thursday that the body was that of Julian Wabinga, who had been missing since last fall.

The Yakima County Coroner’s office says an autopsy showed Wabinga died of multiple gunshot wounds.

In June, Randy Shea Gardner led Yakima County sheriff’s deputies to a barn in Gleed and uncovered Wabinga’s body.

Wabinga had been living in a motor home on the property and hadn’t been seen since August 2017.

In court documents, deputies say several people told them that Gardner shot Wabinga after an argument on the property.

Gardner was arrested in June on suspicion of murder and is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail in the Yakima County jail.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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