There's was an active manhunt underway in and around Milton, Washington for a man that Police say killed his sexual partner.
The woman, 25-year-old Wendi Traynor had an active life, and that was cut short by the hands of 27-year-old Joshua Kioni Ellis, according to Milton Police.
The body of Traynor was found in her apartment by her uncle, who went to check in her this past Friday and found her corpse.
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Officials say officers with the Milton Police Department went to the apartment at the Surprise Lake Village Apartments off Queens Way.
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“They hadn’t heard from her in a period of time, and it was uncommon for them not to have communication from her, so they went to check on her,” said Sergeant Russ Hume with the Milton Police Department.
According to Traynor’s father, she attended Eastside Catholic High School and got her degree in law and justice from Central Washington University, with the anticipation to become an FBI agent.
Now it's likely the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be involved in investigating her murder because she was once a TSA Agent at Sea-Tac Airport and had just recently passed the examinations for her air traffic controller promotion.
Her family and friends say Traynor had a “heart of gold”, and her dad remembered her for having a “smart and sassy” attitude; something he hoped she'd use to follow his career path as an air traffic controller himself.
Milton resident Kejuan Jones also lived in the apartment complex where the murder occurred, and he's shocked that this could happen so close to him.
“It makes me want to go to the office on Monday and say I want out of here,” Jones said.
Police had originally issued an arrest warrant for Kioni Ellis, and they warned that he was known to carry firearms, an obvious thug, so there was a “do not approach” caution for those who may have encountered him.
“He’s local to the area - not local to Milton as far as we know, and between the two of them, they had some sort of domestic relationship,” Hume said.
Once again an example of a woman choosing poorly in her dating life, has apparently resulted in her death.
I think there's a saying for that.
Meanwhile, the family has covered the windows of Traynor’s apartment with black covers, until they can go and collect their now deceased daughter's belongings.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This man is wanted in the Milton murder, police say he is known to carry firearms, do not approach him, call 911 if you see him. The connection he has to 25 yr old Wendi Traynor who was found dead, tonight at 9/10p <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Q13FOX?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Q13FOX</a> <a href="https://t.co/aztJ4iMyZT">pic.twitter.com/aztJ4iMyZT</a></p>— Tatevik Aprikyan (@TatevikAprikyan) <a href="https://twitter.com/TatevikAprikyan/status/929552534280138752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 12, 2017</a></blockquote>
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“There’s caution tape all over my complex. It’s not something the everyday person doesn’t see, you see it on the news, you see it on the movies, but when it’s a few feet away from you, it’s a whole different experience,” Jones said.
On Saturday night the Milton Police announced they had a suspect in custody, so it's now assumed Kioni Ellis is incarcerated.
Police did not go into detail as the relationship between Ellis and Traynor but are describing the case as domestic violence homicide.
Surprisingly enough Kioni Ellis has no prior criminal record, he just automatically escalated to murdering a woman.
Really makes you think.
If you have any information about the homicide of Wendy Traynor or Joshua Kioni Ellis you're urged to contact authorities at (253) 922-8735.
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