Kelso man suspected of strangling stepfather, allegedly over beer argument

Date September 19, 2013 at 11:54 am | Topic: Local News

KELSO, Wash. (AP) — The Cowlitz County sheriff's office says a Kelso man confessed to strangling his 82-year-old stepfather in an argument over beer.

The sheriff's office says 56-year-old Bruce W. Albee was arrested Wednesday night in Pacific County where he told deputies he had left Charles Marion Rees dead at their home in Kelso.

Deputies went to the home and found a body.

Albee told investigators he and Rees got into an argument over beer and it turned into a fight that ended with Rees strangled.


On 09-18-13 at about 5:00 pm, deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a complaint regarding a suspicious person and vehicle in the area of the 2600 block of Willows road. An alert and concerned citizen that resided nearby reported the incident. 

Deputies arrived at the scene of the complaint and contacted a male subject whom they identified as Bruce W. Albee, age 56. Albee was with a vehicle at the time. Deputies noticed several inconsistencies with Albee’s story as they spoke with them. Albee told deputies that the vehicle he was with was stolen. Deputies investigated further and found that the vehicle belonged to a person identified as Charles Rees with a Kelso address. Deputies then detained Albee pursuant there investigation and requested that the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office check to see if the vehicle had been reported stolen. Deputies also requested that Cowlitz County attempt to check with the registered owner, Rees, to see if Albee had permission to have the vehicle. 

During this sequence of events Albee told deputies that he believed that he had killed his stepfather, Charles Rees, and left him at Rees’s residence in the Kelso area. Albee told deputies that he took Rees’s vehicle and left afterwards. Cowlitz County deputies responded to Rees’s residence and discovered a body. Albee was placed under arrest by Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of homicide and vehicle theft. Albee was transferred to Cowlitz County authorities.





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