Inside Peter Keller's North Bend bunker

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by ALLEN SCHAUFFLER / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 30 at 7:23 PM

KING 5’s Allen Schauffler made the trek to the North Bend bunker of Peter Keller, who killed his wife and daughter a week ago.

A two-mile drive was followed by a 30-minute hike in steep and rugged terrain.

After a 22-hour standoff, police blew the top off the bunker Saturday to find Keller dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Keller hadn't been seen since his wife, Lynnette, and 18-year-old daughter Kaylene were found shot dead in their home last weekend.

Authorities pumped tear gas into the bunker Friday, but it failed to flush the man out. By Saturday, they decided to take the next step.

The tear gas was still evident Monday in the bunker that extends about 20 feet. A series of ladders leads from one level to another.

The Department of Natural Resources and King County Parks Department will remove the bunker and the contents. They think they’ll have to haul about 50 hefty bags full of trash from the site – beyond the weapons, fuel, ammunition and other items already removed by the Sheriff’s Office.

The plan is to remove everything by the weekend. They don’t want people trying to find the bunker.

“It’s a long ways away from any designated trail or even any game trails that are easy to follow,“ said Doug Williams, King County Parks. “It’s a dangerous place to be.”

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