- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - Kitsap County sheriff’s detectives investigating the disappearance and robbery of an 89-year-old man have located a body they believe is linked to that case.

The remains of an elderly person were found Wednesday in a container behind a home in north Mason County, said Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson. The coroner’s office will determine the identity, but “we do believe it’s related to the disappearance,” he said.

According to charging documents, investigators believe Hood was robbed and killed around Dec. 17 and that his body was disposed of.

Kitsap County prosecutors have charged two men with robbery, three others with rendering criminal assistance and another with possession of stolen property. Five people have been arrested. An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a sixth man who is believed to have helped dispose of Hood’s body.

Hood, who lived alone in Silverdale, was last seen by his caretaker Dec. 16. The caretaker told police she went to his home with her key and was alarmed to find Hood missing, as well as his wallet, checkbooks, financial documents, rifles and $2,000 in cash. Court documents show Hood had well over a million dollars in various accounts.

The caretaker told police that Hood doesn’t drive, didn’t leave the home without her and that he also didn’t suffer from dementia, court documents show.

Court records show that a confidential informant tipped police to the robbery Dec. 19 after overhearing a group of people talking about how they had tied up, beaten and robbed an elderly man named Bob.

Kitsap County prosecutors last week charged Robert Pry, 29, and Joshua Rodgers Jones, 26, with first-degree robbery. They have also charged Ocean Wilson, 19, and Miranda Bond, 25, and Arnold Cruz, 47, with rendering criminal assistance. Alisha Small, 33, is charged with second-degree possession of stolen property.

It was not immediately clear whether the suspects had lawyers. A message left after business hours to the Kitsap County Office of Public Defense was not immediately returned. A jail official said he did not have information about inmates’ attorneys.

Detectives say they found checks, ID and financial documents belonging to Hood in a room in a home that Pry occupied.

Pry reportedly denied any involvement in a police interview, but admitted that he used a phone to access Hood’s bank account. He denied knowing about items belonging to Hood that police found.

According to court documents, witnesses told detectives that Cruz used bleach to scrub the trunk of a Honda sedan used to dispose of a body. When police recovered the car, the trunk lining and matting were missing and the trunk had an odor of bleach.

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