Bodies of three kids, woman found in torched trailer in Washington state; man arrested

Matthew Timothy Wetherington, 34, was seen running from the trailer as it erupted in flames, police said.

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By Tim Stelloh

A Washington state man was arrested Sunday for allegedly setting a trailer on fire and killing three children and a woman inside, police said.

Matthew Timothy Wetherington, 34, of Port Angeles, was being held on four counts of first-degree murder and arson, the Port Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

Wetherington was seen running from the scene early Saturday morning as a fire ignited at the Welcome Inn Trailer Park in Port Angeles, northwest of Seattle, police said.

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Matthew Timothy Wetherington, 34, of Port Angeles, Washington, was arrested Sunday in connection with the deaths of a woman and three children whose bodies were found in a trailer that had been set on fire.

Bodies that appeared to be a woman and three children were recovered from the trailer, the statement said.

Police did not identify them, but an earlier statement said four of the trailer's residents — Valerie Kambeitz, 34, and three children under 10 — were unaccounted for.

Authorities initially described Wetherington as an unaccounted for person of interest in the case. He was later found at a campsite that is being investigated as a crime scene, NBC affiliate KING-TV reported.

The Associated Press reported that a marriage license was issued on May 1 in Clallam County for Kambeitz and Wetherington.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Wetherington has a lawyer. He is expected to appear Monday in Clallam County Superior Court, police said.

Wetherington has several prior criminal convictions, including child molestation.

Images from the scene showed the trailer’s charred wreckage. A person who saw the fire told KING-TV that the flames looked like rain. "It was raining hot amber everywhere,” the person said.