Suspect arrested after body found in Kennewick home

KENNEWICK, WA – Police say they arrested a 44-year-old man in Skamania county, suspected of killing a Kennewick man in his 70s.

A housekeeper found 76-year-old Clayton Wick’s body in his S. Buchanan St. home on May 3rd.  Investigators say Wick had been violently beaten, and likely died several days before his body was found.

Kennewick senior identified as victim found by housekeeper, launching homicide investigation

Investigators from the Washington State Patrol crime lab spent two days gathering evidence, as Kennewick Police detectives worked to track down the victim’s missing car.  Police identified 44-year-old Christopher Calvert as the suspected thief, and got a warrant for his arrest.

Kennewick police say as the investigation progressed, they developed probable cause to name Calvert as the suspect in Wick’s death, and got a nation-wide warrant for Calvert’s arrest for first-degree murder.  Investigators tracked him down, still allegedly driving Wick’s vehicle, in Southwestern Washington on May 5th.  Kennewick police say Calvert led U.S. Marshals, KPD detectives, and Skamania County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase until he crashed into a ditch.  Officers took Calvert into custody and booked him into the Benton County Jail.

Police say Calvert knew Wick, but they have not fully determined a motive in the killing.  The coroner’s office will determine Wick’s exact cause of death.