A 4chan user posted what appeared to be grisly pictures of a woman strangled to death, and police in Port Orchard, Washington are now searching for what could be a suicidal murderer.
The post of what appeared to be a murdered woman showed up on the image-sharing site on Tuesday afternoon. The user bragged about strangling the woman.
“Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks in the movies,” the first post read.
When others questioned whether the pictures were real, the 4chan user gave an ominous warning and divulged some specifics of where the crime took place.
“Check the news in Port Orchard, Washington in a few hours. Her son will be home from school soon. He’ll find her and then call the cops. I just wanted to share the pics before they find me.”
Within hours, the Port Orchard Independent reported that police found the body of a woman in her early 30s who they believed was a murder victim. Police said she was found by a family member.
“It’s a suspicious death and appears to be a homicide,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Wilson said.
Police added that they believe the suspect stole the woman’s 2001 Ford Focus. The 4chan user also posted that he planned to ambush police officers and force them to shoot him.
“I bought a BB gun that looks realistic enough,” the user wrote. “When they come, I’ll pull it and it will be suicide by cop. I understand the doubts. Just check the f****** news. I have to lose my phone now.”
Police may be been tipped off to the 4chan murder claims by a member of the local media, who caught wind of it through Twitter.
@Ryukenya We saw. We’ve called it to the attention of the sheriff’s office… have no idea if it’s legit.
— KitsapSun (@KitsapSun) November 5, 2014
The story of the Port Orchard murder made waves beyond 4chan, with a thread on Reddit linking to an image of the discussion and graphic pictures. But on 4chan, any discussion of the alleged Port Orchard murder were being deleted almost immediately.
[Image via the Kitsap Sun]