Marblemount, WA – A 44-year old murder suspect was taken into custody near Marblemount, Washington on Friday afternoon after a coordinated effort by multiple Law Enforcement agencies from several counties tracked him to a location in East Skagit County.
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office initially issued a notice for the public to be on the lookout for 44-year old Eric Arthur Kulp of Shaw Island. Mr. Kulp was wanted in questioning for 2nd degree murder in the suspicious death of his wife, 38-year old Abigail Finney. On Thursday, April 5th, 2018, she was found dead on a property on Blind Bay Road on Shaw Island. She had lived at the property with her husband, Eric Kulp, formerly known as Eric Tubbs.
Several Law Enforcement agencies, including the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office had been on the lookout for Mr. Kulp after the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office said he may be headed to the Whatcom or East Skagit County areas.
According to the Bellingham Herald, on April 7th, 2018 Kulp was in Bellingham and later traveled to the Glacier area. A Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputy had stopped Kulp when he saw him walking Eastbound in the 6700 block of Mt. Baker Highway. At the time of the stop, the deputy ran Kulp’s information to see if he had outstanding warrants but there was no indication that Mr. Kulp was wanted in connection to his wife’s death. The Deputy later learned that the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office was in the process of establishing “probable cause” for a murder charge against Mr. Kulp.
On Sunday, April 8th local residents claimed to have seen Kulp and on Thursday April 12th, a Glacier resident told Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies they saw Kulp on Glacier Road in the area of Mt. Baker Rim, a private community with cabin rentals. The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, Canine Units and a helicopter checked the area but were unable to find Mr. Kulp. Deputies then distributed Wanted Flyers to local businesses with Mr. Kulp’s photo and information.
On Friday, April 13th, around 8:16 a.m., Aero-Skagit Ambulance crews was called to assist a man in the 60000 block of SR 20 in Marblemount. The man gave a fake name to medics and was later transported to a nearby store after refusing treatment.
The man was later identified as Mr. Kulp and Deputies from the Whatcom County and Skagit County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area to search for him.
Around 11:32 a.m. the deputies were assisted in the search by Officers from the Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon Police Department.
Deputies located Mr. Kulp and a short stand-off ensued near the area of Cascade River Road and Foxglove. Around 3:13 p.m. Aero-Skagit Ambulance crews and Fire District 19 were put on standby in the area.
Mr. Kulp was taken into custody by Skagit and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies around 4:15 p.m. It was determined that Mr. Kulp had over a dozen self-inflicted knife wounds to his abdomen as he tried to take his own life before being taken into custody. A medic crew from Airlift Northwest responded to the scene and Mr. Kulp was taken to the hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown.