Body found in North Bend freezer as part of murder-suicide

Former Seattle Humane CEO kills wife and himself.

Around 3:46 p.m. Jan. 31, Snoqualmie Police Department officers responded to 964 Stone Brook Drive SW in North Bend for a death investigation after a maintenance worker discovered a deceased male during a welfare check.

During initial investigations in collaboration with the Coalition of Small Police Agencies Major Crimes Task Force, officers discovered a deceased female in a large freezer in the townhome’s garage along with four cats.

The autopsy, completed on Feb. 5, determined the male died from a self-inflicted, single gunshot wound to the head. The female died from a single gunshot wound before being placed in the freezer.

The King County Medical Examiner’s officer identified the bodies as North Bend resident Judy Loewe and former Seattle Humane CEO David Loewe.

Loewe was appointed CEO of the organization in 2011 and resigned in 2019.

“The events surrounding their passing are troubling, and together with our community we are awaiting the results of a full investigation,” Seattle Humane wrote in a statement. “Our hearts are with those affected by this terrible loss.”

While the investigation is ongoing, evidence suggests it was an isolated murder-suicide, according to police.