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Police arrest suspect in case of woman’s body found on road

October 26, 2017

KENT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman whose partially burned body was found near Lake Tapps.

News outlets reported Wednesday the body of 64-year-old Linda Sweezer was found just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer says investigators believe Sweezer was killed inside her Kent home and later dumped along a road.

Troyer says surveillance images from a nearby home show two sets of car headlights leaving the scene after attempts were made to set her body on fire.

Troyer also said detectives found a 4-month-old infant inside the victim’s home believed to be the woman’s granddaughter. The baby was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover.

Police said they were searching Wednesday for 25-year-old Lance Rougeau, who is suspected of being involved in the murder. Authorities said Wednesday night that he had been taken into custody.

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