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UPDATED: Names of South Hill homicide victims released

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 29, 2012 at 6:37 am |
May 29, 2012 1:56 pm

UPDATED at 1:56 p.m.

Two men found dead in a South Hill home Monday morning had been shot in the head, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported today.

The office has ruled both men – Jeffrey Poling, a 36-year-old Spanaway resident, and Travis Dennis, a 32-year-old Puyallup resident – were homicide victims.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said investigators believe the two were targeted but don’t know why. They have found no signs of forced entry to the home.

“We have some leads we are following up on,” he said.

Detectives have discovered several guns – including an AK-47 and AR-15 – as well as a computer tower are missing from the home.

Dennis’ father went to the home in the 9400 block of 175th Street Court East on Monday morning after he could not get a hold of his son, Troyer said. The father spotted a body on the floor and called 911.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies busted into the home and found the two victims in the same room. They also found bulletproof vests, weapons and  ammunition throughout the two-story home and a large eel in a commercial-sized fish tank in the garage.

Detectives believe Dennis and Poling were killed sometime Sunday night.

“We are still working to nail down the time frame,” Troyer said.

Troyer said deputies had been to the house in January to take a report on a stolen car. There had been no other recent police calls to the house.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and charges filed in the double slaying. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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