Published: Sun, April 17, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Missing Couple Were In A Legal Battle With Neighbors

Missing Couple Were In A Legal Battle With Neighbors

Shunn left for work April 11, but never showed up. Neighbours last saw Patenaude near the couple's home on the 27800 block of Whitman Road, in Arlington, at approximately 1 p.m. Shunn was last seen at work in Kirkland, Wash., an approximate 75-minute drive away.

Court records show the couple is embroiled in a legal dispute with neighbors, some of whom Shunn and Patenaude claim have harassed them and trespassed on their property with recreational vehicles and unleashed dogs.

Investigators searching for a husband and wife missing since Monday in Washington state said they discovered the couple's SUVs in the woods near Oso late Thursday.

The disappearance of Patrick Shunn and Monique Patenaude is especially troubling to friends and family, who described them as a happy couple with no apparent problems.

Ms. Patenaude was last seen on Monday afternoon near their home by the Stillaguamish River. The Seattle Times reported that Mr. Shunn's uncle also named Patrick, said: "Both vehicles are gone from the house and both cell phones have been shut off".

The couple's vehicles, a Land Rover, and a Jeep were spotted from a sheriff's office helicopter on Thursday, but there has been no sign of the couple. Investigators at the time that their two vehicles were missing, too. Sheriff's Office Neighbors reported the couple missing after they found their pets and livestock intended.

The Everett Herald reports the couple was scheduled to be at a court hearing last week about the land dispute. "I hope things go fine but I'm a realist".

Erik Shunn said his brother met Patenaude at a Burning Man festival, and the two were married shortly after.

"I have a really bad gut feeling about this". But you can't deny the circumstances, and I don't.

Shane's brother wrote that one of the neighbors "is not a good guy". Anyone with information about the case should call the anonymous tip line, 425-388-3845.

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