The announcement about the arrest was made during a news conference about the 1987 double-homicides. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Talbott was taken into custody Thursday as he left work in Seattle. They also said he did not talk to officers during the arrest.
Detectives from the Snohomish and Skagit County Sheriff's Offices arrested a 55YO SeaTac Man for the 11/1987 murder of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg. pic.twitter.com/fYJry0Wpnp— Snohomish Sheriff (@SnoCoSheriff) May 18, 2018
This news conference concerns the 1987 double homicide of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook. Tanya’s body was found in Skagit County but no suspects were ever identified. Using genetic genealogy, detectives were able to identify the suspect and make an arrest last night, May 17, in Seattle. The suspect is 55-year-old William Earl Talbot II. Posted by Skagit County Sheriff's Office on Friday, May 18, 2018