The couple whose bodies were recovered from a fiery car crash Monday morning were identified Tuesday, and authorities said the woman suffered stab wounds.
BounLea Bet Sonekeo, 38, and Misty Dawn Sonekeo, 36, were positively identified as the crash victims, according to Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal.
He said investigators found Bet Sonekeo’s wallet intact after the fire was extinguished. That information led authorities to 106 Copper Court, where they found a blood trail outside and throughout the house.
“They found large blood splatters and a lot of blood on the bed ... we also found a knife and there was a trail of blood to the car. We know there was some type of altercation, probably a domestic situation that happened at the house,” Graybeal said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
“They were in the middle of a separation. At one time they both lived at the residence,” he said.
Also inside the house, investigators noticed “a lot of stuff knocked over going to the door,” as if there had been a struggle, he said.
Graybeal said investigators believe Bet Sonekeo was driving the 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible when it veered off Knob Creek Dock Road just after 10 a.m. Monday, hit some rocks and flipped onto its top. The car lodged against a tree and caught fire.
There were no skid marks of any kind to indicate Sonekeo applied the brakes or tried to stop in any way, authorities added. The wreck happened less than one mile from the Copper Court residence.
There were also no witnesses to the crash, but a nearby resident said she and her stepdaughter heard an explosion, then went outside and saw the fire.
Because of the evidence of a stabbing, investigators aren’t sure how Misty Sonekeo, who was positively identified by tattoos on her body, died.
“We’ll know from the autopsy if she died in the crash or from injuries prior to the crash,” Graybeal said.
He said investigators don’t know where Bet Sonekeo was headed when the crash occurred.
Graybeal said it would likely be a couple of weeks before information from the autopsy would be available.