Two siblings are currently facing first degree rape and murder charges in Washington State of the US. The siblings are being held culpable in the death of Benjamin Eastman, a 16-year-old boy who was last seen on June 23.
The siblings Jonathon Adamson, 21 and his 16-year-old brother, Benito Marquez are being held on a $10 million bail (Marquez is being charged as an adult) according to investigators. Both men are also charged with tampering with physical evidence and unlawful disposal of remains.
The dead teenager who lived with his father was reported missing on June 27.
According to Investigators, Eastman had last been in contact with a male friend of about the same age who lived nearby; a childhood friend identified as Marquez.
A statement from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office reads….
“Deputies were told the two had planned on meeting up that evening, but according to the friend, [Eastman] never showed up,”
That was the last known contact with the missing 16-year-old. Deputies interviewed the friend on June 28, 2018, and he relayed that he had not seen the missing 16-year-old in several days.”
A shallow grave supposedly containing the remains of a recently deceased dog was discovered when detectives canvassed remote land owned by a relative of Marquez.
Police did not believe the story however and kept searching, eventually finding another grave not far from the first where they dug up the body of a teenage boy discovered to be Eastman, who died from blunt force trauma.
Neither Adamson nor Marquez has entered pleas to the charges against them and it is unclear if they had retained legal counsel who could comment on their behalf.