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South Kitsap man's murder has police scratching heads

A murder in East Bremerton has the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office stumped.

The sheriffs have arrested and are expected to charge 60-year-old Richard Anthony Carbone of East Bremerton with the first-degree murder of 18-year-old Daniel Ray Elzie.

The arrest stems from what was apparently an early morning shooting on Sunday at the Rolling Hills Apartment Complex on the 2500 block of NE McWilliams Road.

Elzie, who is listed as a transient from South Kitsap, may have been staying with Carbone at the time of the murder, according to Deputy Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Depart-ment.

“We’ve established that the two were acquaintances, and that Elzie had been staying at other residences in the area as well,” Wilson said.

Elzie would have celebrated his 19th birthday on Oct. 30.

Right now, authorities are trying to wade through numerous rumors to figure out what the facts of the case are, Wilson said.

Authorities are talking to other residents in the apartment complex, as well as the families of both Carbone and Elzie, Wilson said.

The main questions are how long the two knew each other, what the exact relationship between them was and how long Elzie had been staying with Carbone, Wilson said.

In a case full of questions, the most bizarre fact is that while the shooting appeared to occur in the early morning hours, the police were not called until 10:30 a.m.

A member of Carbone’s family called police, Wilson said.

Carbone was arrested about 3 p.m. and booked into the Kitsap County Jail, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Carbone was being held on $1 million bail.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday afternoon to confirm the cause of death.

The results were unavailable at press time.

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