GEORGE – Three men are charged with murder in connection to the death of a Quincy woman found dead along the Old Vantage Highway in December.
Prosecutor’s charged Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez, 39, Julio Cesar Albarran Varona, 25, and Ambrosio Mendez Villenueva, 25, with murder in the first degree.
Tapia Rodriguez is in custody in Tacoma on an immigration hold. The other two suspects were booked into Grant County Jail on Monday after the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team was called to a home near the intersection of Road U Southwest and Road 5 Southwest.
Fernando Marcos Gutierrez, 25 and Salvador Espinoza Gomez, 24, are both charged as a material witness.
On Dec. 22, the body of 31-year-old Jill Marie Sundberg was found along the Old Vantage Highway near Quincy. She had reportedly been shot multiple times and deputies found a knife and piece of cardboard with a handwritten message in Spanish, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office report.
Deputies reportedly found 13 .40 caliber shell casings at the scene.
The three suspects were contacted Jan. 9 at the Shady Tree RV Park on state Route 283, the same trailer park where the victim lived. A woman told deputies she arrived at a trailer the night of Dec. 21 and the three suspects, along with the victim and three other men, showed up. She claimed Tapia was drunk and being aggressive so her and another woman left.
One man at the trailer later told investigators Tapia Rodriguez and the victim started arguing the night of Dec. 21. The witness claims he was told by Tapia Rodriguez to start his SUV.
Tapia Rodriguez then allegedly told the witness “it was time to go,” as he noticed Albarran Varona forcing the victim into the SUV, according to the police report.
The three suspects, victim and two material witnesses reportedly left in the SUV and headed to the Old Vantage Highway, stopping and getting out at a rest area along the road.
Tapia Rodriguez then allegedly shot Sundberg at least 13 times, according to the police report.
The group then reportedly returned to the SUV and fled, stopping at a gas station on the way back to purchase beer.