Man arrested in 1987 killing of young couple in Washington

Man arrested in 1987 killing of young couple in Washington
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office
Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook with the van they drove to the United States, a bronze 1977 Ford Club wagon. Photo from Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Police in Washington state say new DNA technology has led to the arrest of a man in the murders of a young Canadian couple in western Washington more than three decades ago.

The Daily Herald reports 55-year-old William Earl Talbott II of SeaTac was arrested Thursday for investigation of first-degree murder in the deaths of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook.

His arrest was announced at a news conference Friday in Everett.

Talbott was deemed a suspect through a new technique called genetic genealogy, the same used to find the suspected Golden State Killer in California last month.

Eighteen-year-old Van Cuylenborg and 20-year-old Cook of British Columbia were found dead in two separate locations after they failed to return home from a visit to the Seattle area in 1987.