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WA- Molestation suspect reportedly kills himself

5-30-2006 Washington:

An accused child molester from Olympia stole some guns and drove into the Stampede Pass area off Interstate 90, then killed himself, Kittitas County sheriff's deputies said. The body of Michael A. Durbiano IV, 38, was recovered about noon Friday after authorities spotted his burned-out vehicle from the air, Undersheriff Clayton Myers said in a news release. According to Myers, authorities were notified by Durbiano's family Thursday night that Durbiano had stolen several guns and drove into the mountains near Stampede Pass, about 10 miles south of Snoqualmie Pass.

Durbiano was facing child molestation charges in Thurston County and, according to Myers, was reportedly ready to shoot any members of law enforcement who came into the area. With the aid of a Washington State Patrol aircraft, a Kittitas County sheriff's deputy spotted a burned-out vehicle about five miles south of the freeway at 10 a.m. Friday. Myers said the Kittitas County Special Response Team found Durbiano's body in the treeline about 50 yards from his vehicle. A loaded hunting rifle, shotgun and .45-caliber handgun were recovered.

A preliminary investigation indicated Durbiano torched his vehicle and then shot himself in the head, Myers said. The body was taken to Ellensburg for an autopsy. According to court records, Durbiano was charged with two counts of second-degree child molestation in January. That same day, an anti-harassment protection order was signed by a Thurston County judge. A trial date of July 19 was pending. A hearing in the case was held Thursday. Myers said Durbiano reportedly vowed he was not .going back to jail. ..Source.. by CHRIS BRISTOL, YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC

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