Murder warrant issued for jailed suspect in Kennewick homicide investigation

Kennewick, Richland, Benton County

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UPDATE on Nov. 3, 2022: Following weeks of collaboration with Kennewick detectives, the Benton County Prosecutor has issued a Richland-based arrest warrant for 34-year-old Richard Jacobsen in the murder of Brandy Ebanez.

Jacobsen has been lodged in the Multnomah County Jail for several weeks. They expect him to be extradited from the State of Oregon during the next few weeks.

On September 27, 2022, community members near the Columbia River shoreline spotted a floating body near Kennewick. The body was recovered and later identified as Ebanez, launching a homicide investigation.

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Columbia River, Kennewick

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UPDATE at 12:45 p.m. PST on October 11: A suspect in the death of a Kennewick woman whose body was pulled from the Columbia River was identified and arrested in Oregon, according to Kennewick police officers.

They confirmed that the suspect, who was known to the victim, 34-year-old Brandy Ebanez, is now awaiting extradition on a no-bail order in Oregon. KPD investigators plan to offer more details when the suspect is extradited back to the Benton County Jail.

This is a breaking development. An update and/or follow-up will be issued when further details are announced.


UPDATE at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 7: Evidence collected during an investigation into the death of Brandy Ebanez, a 34-year-old woman from Kennewick, suggests that she was the victim of a homicide.

Specific details from their investigation have not been made public at this stage, but Kennewick police did confirm their belief that this wasn’t a random incident. They are collaborating with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office to obtain further clues with the goal of holding someone accountable for this woman’s death.

If you have any information to contribute, you’re urged to contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (509) 735-6555. Don’t forget to cite Case No. 22-24275 to help them categorize your call.


UPDATE at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 3o: The Benton County Coroner and investigators have identified the woman whose remains were pulled from the Columbia River as 34-year-old Brandy E. Ebanez. Her last registered residence was in Kennewick, police say.

Her cause of death has not been confirmed yet as the Benton County Sheriff’s Office conducts a thorough investigation and searches for any more details about the events leading to her death.


UPDATE at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 28: Benton County investigators confirmed that the body pulled from the Columbia River was an adult woman. Her identity has not been made public while the Benton County Coroner determines a cause of death and works to identify her.

A fisherman reported seeing potential human remains around 12:56 p.m. PST near the east side of the Cable Bridge. A vessel from the Sheriff’s Office was used to reach the body and recover it with help from detectives.

This is a breaking development. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are announced.


KENNEWICK, Wash. — Investigators and the Coroner for Benton County are collaborating to develop more details about human remains that were discovered off the shoreline of the Columbia River on the Kennewick side Tuesday afternoon.

According to an announcement made by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, they were informed of something floating in the water at 1:00 p.m. PST on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 27. It quickly became apparent that what they spotted was likely the remains of a person.

No further details regarding the sex, age range, or any specifics about the remains have been made public at this stage. Detectives initially located these remains east of the Cable Bridge near the Kennewick side of the Columbia River.

This investigation will be led through a collaboration between the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Benton County Coroner’s Office. They are working to identify the remains and determine a cause of death No more information has been made available at this stage of their investigation.

Do you have information that may help Benton County officials? You’re urged to call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office via the non-emergency line at 509-735-6555.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.

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