Courts & Crime

Autopsy set for pair in Washington car chase, son found dead

The family was rarely seen outside their two-story Spanaway home that often had its shades drawn and still is decorated for Christmas.

On Tuesday, in an upstairs bedroom of the home, Pierce County sheriff's deputies found the body of a 6-year-old boy wrapped in a blanket with a plastic bag around his head.

Deputies had gone to the 200 block of 178th Street Court East to check on young Jordan Stewart and his 10-year-old sister after his parents were found dead in a car following a high-speed police pursuit that ended near Tumwater.

After nearly an hour of searching, the girl was found safe with her biological father in Redmond, Ore.

Authorities believe Jordan’s father, David Stewart, turned a gun on himself after his car spun out on Interstate 5. The emaciated body of his wife, 38-year-old Kristy Sampels, was found in the passenger seat.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said the two died from gunshot wounds to the head.

It’s unclear when Samples was shot, but authorities said her husband likely killed her.

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