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Suspect killer posted images of partner's body online

A man has been charged with killing his girlfriend in Washington after posting pictures of her body online and writing that he wanted authorities to find and kill him.

David Michael Kalac (33) was arrested without incident, police said.

He was charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Amber Lynn Coplin, found dead in her apartment in Port Orchard, Washington on Tuesday.

Grisly pictures posted to an online message board first alerted suspicion.

Kalac was believed to have fled in the dead woman's car, a 2001 Ford Focus, which was found abandoned yesterday afternoon in Portland, about 160 miles south of the crime scene, after a brief chase with police.

Kalac has a criminal history that includes convictions for assault, burglary and drunken driving.


Deputies have confirmed that gruesome photos posted on a website are of the victim and the crime scene.

"He's our primary suspect," Deputy Scott Wilson said. "It stands to reason that in all likelihood he is the person who posted those photographs."

Coplin's body was found by her 13-year-old son.

Hours earlier, the boy had heard her arguing with Kalac, detectives said in court papers.

Police say they found Coplin's body in a bedroom. Near her head was her driver's license with the word "dead" written on it.

The words "bad news" were written on blinds.

And the words "she killed me first" were written on a picture on the wall.


Coplin's son told police his mother and Kalac argued loudly on Monday night.

Witnesses also said they heard what sounded like a violent argument and loud thumping and banging noises coming from the apartment.

The teenager told police he thought his mom was sleeping in and Kalac was gone when he left the apartment on Tuesday morning. According to Wilson's account, the boy came home from school and took a nap.

When he woke up that afternoon, he noticed the car was missing, went to check on his mother and "found her unresponsive", Wilson said.

At that point, the teen called his father, who is Coplin's estranged husband.

The man later called authorities and reported that Coplin's face was bashed in, her car was missing and she was bloody and bruised, court documents show.

Kalac texted a friend from his cellphone on Tuesday morning telling the friend that he would read about him in the news.