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Union Gap Homicide May Have Been Attempt at Revenge

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UNION GAP--Revenge can be a powerful emotion.   It could be the motive behind Tuesday's homicide in Union Gap.

Police are keeping quiet on possible motives, but murder suspect Kenneth Maddon's ex-wife said he was convinced that Donald Pike murdered his daughter.

Now Pike is dead and Maddon is in jail.

Maddon's ex-wife, Melissa Gibson, wouldn't talk to me on camera.  Neither would the man who let Maddon stay at his house for a short time before he turned himself in last night.

They both said he was unstable and thought his daughter had been murdered.  Gibson said their daughter is out of the country, but she is doing fine.

Police are still investigating leads and do not want to give a motive yet.

"There are several out there that we're wanting to talk to and have talked to," Sgt. Chase Kellogg said.  "Not just everyone that was there that night when the incident occurred, but anyone that night that might have heard something or been told something by someone there."

Police say Pike was beat to death with a hammer at Larry Grant's house on Carey Ave. yesterday.  Grant's neighbors also would not talk on camera.

They did that Grant is a good man.  However, there were people regularly coming and going from his house recently.

"This is not a specific residence that we have given our undivided attention to," Kellogg said.  "There are numerous residences throughout Union Gap that change residents constantly or have different people moving in and out."

Kellog says Pike and Maddon knew each other.

"This was not a stranger-on-stranger incident," Kellogg said.  "But I don't have the info as to what their exact relationship was or how well they did know each other."

Police said they will be obtaining a search warrant for Grant's blue Jimmy SUV, which Maddon used yesterday while he was on the run.

The coroner's office will be doing an autopsy on Donald Pike Wednesday night.  They hope that helps them learn more about what happened.