Brush Prairie man suspected in father's death

He told police he burned body following shooting

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: September 20, 2011, 7:34 PM

 

A Brush Prairie man told investigators that he burned his father’s body in a burn pile after shooting him twice during a fight at their home last month, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

While Edward Fisher, 69, is believed to have been killed Aug. 7, his body wasn’t discovered until Monday, when investigators confronted Fisher’s son, Troy A. Fisher, about his father’s whereabouts.

Arrested Monday following a two-hour interview with investigators, Troy Fisher, 42, made his first appearance Tuesday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder.

Judge Barbara Johnson set a no-bail hold for Fisher and set his arraignment for Friday. She said she will appoint a defense attorney at a later time.

Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said he plans to make a formal charging decision Thursday.

According to court documents filed Tuesday morning, sheriff’s detectives began investigating the disappearance of Edward Fisher on Sept. 15 at the prompting of the man’s daughters and sister. Edward Fisher had been missing since Aug. 1, and family members thought he was on vacation. When he didn’t return home by Sept. 9, those family members called Clark County sheriff’s deputies to report him missing.

Fisher’s son had told family members that his father had reunited with an old girlfriend from the 1960s. The two had traveled to her home in Germany on a yacht, the defendant claimed, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court.

“Family members were very suspect of this story,” the affidavit said.

A detective grew suspicious after executing a search warrant at the home at 20808 N.E. 172nd St. — where the father and son lived — and finding two large sections cut out of the carpet

During an interview Monday, Troy Fisher allegedly said that on the evening of Aug. 7, his father had confronted him about “several (unidentified) issues” and was armed with a small caliber handgun, according to the affidavit.

“Troy stated that a struggle ensued, and that during the course of the struggle, the gun discharged and the round hit his father in the head,” the affidavit said.

The defendant allegedly admitted to shooting his father a second time, intentionally, in the back. He told investigators that he took his father’s body to a burn pile on the property and allegedly burned the corpse, according to the affidavit.

“Troy also said he took pieces of bloodied carpet and flooring to a remote area of northern Clark County and dumped them off of a side of a road,” according to the affidavit.

Tuesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office said she hadn’t yet received Edward Fisher’s remains and didn’t know when she would.

Troy Fisher has no known felony criminal record, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield said.

Troy Fisher had worked for his father’s forklift repair business.

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