UPDATE - Kitsap County authorities say another man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance and robbery of an 89-year-old Silverdale man.
The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office confirms that Arnold Cruz was booked into the Kitsap County jail on Friday morning.
Officials say Cruz approached a business in the 6700 block of Bethel Rd SE in South Kitsap just before 4 a.m. and said he was turning himself in. Deputies responded and took him into custody.
Seven people have now been charged in connection with the disappearance of Robert Archie Hood on Dec. 17. The sheriff's office is searching for relatives of an elderly man found in a container Wednesday behind a home in north Mason County. They believe the body is related to Hood's disappearance.
Cruz has been charged with rendering criminal assistance. His bond is set at $500,000 and he is due to appear in court on Monday.
BELFAIR, Wash. – Mason County Sheriff’s Deputies made a gruesome discovery Wednesday morning in connection to the disappearance of 89-year-old Robert Hood.
Investigators located a dead body stuffed into a container inside a home on the 300 block of Northeast Santa Maria Lane in Belfair.
Sheriff’s detectives in Kitsap County believe Hood is the victim of a violent robbery, which happened at his home in Silverdale. Five people have already been arrested in the case.
Detectives are searching for another man, 47-year-old Arnold Cruz who is known to police, and believed to be involved in Hood’s disappearance.
People in the small Belfair neighborhood knew something was wrong when swarms of police surrounded the home.
“People were saying a body was found,” said neighbor Lisa McFarland. “I locked my doors, the first thing I did.”
Police said the medical examiner will later determine the identity of the person.