Coast Guardsman sought in homicide investigation found dead

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – A Coast Guardsman being sought as a person of interest in the murder of a 59-year-old woman in Bellingham, Wash., was found dead from an apparent suicide in Show Low, Ariz., Sunday.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael G. Arnold, 33, from Boise, Idaho, was located by a joint-law enforcement team after he was reported absent without leave from Coast Guard Base Seattle Friday. Arnold was being pursued by law enforcement officials from the Bellingham Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service and the Coast Guard Investigative Service.

Arnold was stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman in San Diego but was temporarily assigned to Base Seattle pending the outcome of the investigation. The member was reported absent without leave and a multi-agency manhunt began Friday.

Deputy Marshals, agents from the Coast Guard and detectives with the Bellingham Police Department tracked the member to a home in Show Low where they found him dead.

The Bellingham Police Department is conducting an investigation in to the woman’s death.

The crew of Sherman departed for San Diego Thursday. The cutter had been in Bellingham at the Fairhaven Shipyard undergoing routine maintenance for about four months.

Arnold joined the Coast Guard Jan 5, 2009. He was currently serving aboard the Cutter Sherman as a gunner’s mate.

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