Whitman County investigators arrested two men in connection with the murder of 23 year-old Marcus A. Shur Friday afternoon.
Shur's body was recovered from the creek leading out of Bonnie Lake on Sunday, March 25.
Deputies arrested 24 yea-old Frank G. Lazcano of Pine City and 20 year-old Daniel C. Lazcano of Spokane.
Both men have been booked into the Whitman County Jail on charges of 2nd Degree Murder. They are scheduled to make their first appearance in court on Monday in Colfax.
Investigators identified the body of 23 year-old Marcus A. Shur of Rosalia, Washington on Wednesday by using dental records.
According to the Whitman County Coroner, Shur died from massive hemorrhage due to multiple gunshot wounds.
Sheriff's office investigators say the murder occurred on the evening of December 27 outside a home in Malden. Witnesses that night told deputies that a man forced his way into the home and punched an occupant while Schur fled from the home on foot.
Deputies now believe that the Lazcano brothers shot and killed Schur outside the home and quickly dumped his body in the lake.
Sheriff Brett Myers says his office did investigate that incident back in December, but it was called a burglary because there was nothing else to go on. An official missing persons case was never opened for Schur because he had multiple warrants for his arrest, and it was common for him to go into hiding for several weeks at a time.
Sunday seemed the perfect day for Whitman County resident Robert Lowells to try his luck with the reel and rod at Bonnie Lake.
"We went out to do some fishing mainly. Fool around a little bit on the island out there," said Lowells.
On his way back home Lowells spotted what he thought was a mannequin in the water. He went in for a closer look.
"At that point realized that the body had hair and the smell set it off and we knew it was a real body," said Lowells.
Another detail also stood out.
"The hands and feet were bound it was face down in the water," said Lowells.
Lowells couldn't help but feel shocked by what was floating in the water next to him.
"Who does that? Really, that was the first thought that I had. There's no justification for this there's no reason. Who does something like this," said Lowells.
But Lowells was about to be shocked again. This could be someone he's known since childhood.
"He's been missing since December 27th. so it was pretty big surprise when we found him out there," said Lowells.
The Whitman County Sheriff's Office removed the body on the back of a four wheeler.
"I heard one of the sheriff's department say it had been in the water three to six weeks if not longer," said Lowells.
It's only now he is stepping back and taking it all in.
"Starting to realize that wow, that actually happened. Now you get to deal with it," said Lowells.
Sheriff Myers says that deputies were keeping an eye out for Schur last winter over concern for his welfare. Sheriff Myers also notes that investigators do have a motive but cannot release it at this point.