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Neighbors react to the discovery of man's body, murder arrest

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NEAR ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Members of a Kittitas County community are still grasping with the discovery of Russell Ray's body and his brother-in-law's arrest on Friday for his death.

The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office revealed Saturday it had a major break in the missing person's case that started last summer. In a news release, the agency explained both the recovery of Ray's body and that Christopher Foley was taken into custody for second-degree murder.

Tom and Terri Wells live blocks away from the Ray residence off of Look Road. They have been worried for the family since June and briefly were on edge when they first learned about the case.

"The first month or two, any vehicle that came down the street raised a lot of suspicion," said Mr. Wells.

The community is outside the city limits of Ellensburg and many in the area were initially shocked by the large law enforcement presence. As months passed, they assumed the case involved the family.

"As far as we know," he said. "They never came out searching so we were like the police must know something because they're really not looking."

Ray's body was recovered 18 miles east of Ellensburg on March 10 on the Old Vantage Highway.

Foley is in the Kittitas County Jail awaiting his first court appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon.

"It's got to be one of the worst tragedies," said Wells. "Everyone's sad, everyone feels for the family," said Mrs. Wells.