Murder evidence leads police to IRS Environmental employee



Posted on January 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 4:43 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--The Douglas Carlile murder left a trail of evidence to an asbestos and lead removal company in the Spokane Valley.    

Timothy Suckow, Carlile’s suspected killer, works for IRS Environmental. That is where detectives tracked down a white van they believed matched the suspect’s vehicle.

A company owner at IRS Environmental said Tuesday was a tough day coming to grips with the recent developments in the case.

Outside of IRS Environmental sits a white 1995 Chevy van with a black strip on its side for sale.

Detectives spent days searching for a similar looking van after the Carlile murder. They were just looking for one longer in length. A surveillance camera caught a can leaving the South Hill neighborhood.

Detectives checked Department of Licensing records and found IRS Environmental listed as owning a 1995 Chevrolet extended van, according to court documents.

Documents said undercover officers watched the business from a distance and saw a white van with a black stripe on the vehicle. Detectives believe it matched the suspect vehicle description.

An IRS Environmental businessman said Suckow has worked hard there for nine years.

Court documents said Suckow routinely had access to company vehicles. Police would not say if Suckow was in the van the night of the murder. They said investigators did find a glove near the scene of the crime with Suckow’s DNA on it.

An IRS Environmental employee said he and other employees feel devastated about the arrest. They said their hearts go out to the victim’s family and the company is cooperating with investigators.

Spokane police said they continue to hold the suspect van as part of the ongoing investigation.