KITTITAS – Kittitas County Sheriff’s Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez, the subject of the extensive manhunt in the Mineral Springs area of Kittitas County. Alcantara-Gonzalez is charged with the suspected killing of missing 41-year old Kent man, Ian Eckles, along with possession of two stolen vehicles and numerous other thefts and burglaries in Kittitas County, including the theft of firearms.
The warrant arose from the ongoing investigation into Mr. Eckles’ disappearance. Forensic and circumstantial evidence found in Mr. Eckles’ vehicle leads Law Enforcement to believe Mr. Eckles was a victim of homicide.
The Sheriff’s Office continues to lead the investigation into Mr. Eckles’ whereabouts with the assistance and resources of many other local, state and federal agencies. It is believed that Jorge Alcantara-Gonzalez remains in the forested, mountainous area around Mineral Springs.
During the coming days, including this weekend, the Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the US Forrest Service and cooperating agencies will continue to pursue this armed and dangerous subject. Multiple US Forest Service Roads in the area will be closed, including all roads off SR97 between Liberty Rd and Forest Service Rd 9714 or Iron Creek and access points to this area from the Teanaway ridge. We ask that everyone stay clear of this area for their safety, the safety of Law Enforcement Officers, and the success of this important investigation.
Sheriff Myers voiced his concern for the safety of the Liberty area residents stating, “Our investigation into this suspect has confirmed he has a willingness and the ability to kill. We will continue to utilize all available resources to end this threat”.