POULSBO — A North Kitsap High School student was one of three people found dead inside a house near Lake Tahuyeh in Seabeck Jan. 27.
Principal Megan Sawicki notified parents and staff on Jan. 29 that one of the deceased was identified as Hunter Schaap, an 11th-grader at NKHS. She said counseling services would be available for staff and students in the school library at 7:50 a.m. Jan. 31 and ongoing services and supports would be provided as needed.
“This weekend we received conflicting reports about Hunter’s whereabouts and safety. I am deeply saddened to share that Hunter’s family has confirmed and requested that we share with you that he was one of the victims of suspected homicide early Saturday morning,” Sawicki reported.
“For those of you who knew Hunter, we ask that you remember his wit, intelligence, and big heart. This is a great loss for our entire NKHS community … I know you join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to Hunter’s family members and friends.”
KING 5 reported that investigators went to the home late Jan. 27 after a 911 caller reported there had been violence in the home and people had been injured. Kitsap County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson told KING 5 that the caller “didn’t give many details and quickly hung up.”
Neighbors told KING 5 they had heard gunshots earlier in the evening but didn’t know if they were related to the incident.
The bodies of Schaap and two others, a male and female, were found inside the house. KOMO News reported that detectives with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office found a missing truck connected to the triple homicide. The truck had been burned and human remains were recovered from the truck, Wilson told KOMO. The Medical Examiner’s Office was working to determine the identity of those remains.
More information will be posted as it is made available.
It’s the second death of a North Kitsap High School student this school year. On Aug. 16, Emily Ramm died after she fell while climbing a ladder to the roof of Silverdale Elementary School. A friend told authorities they were climbing to the roof to get a better view of the meteor shower.
Online coverage of the Jan. 27 triple homicide: