PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police believe an armed killer may be in the Portland area after he eluded officers in a high-speed chase across the Ross Island Bridge early Wednesday morning.
David Kalac, 33, is accused of beating his girlfriend, Amber Coplin, to death and leaving behind a grisly crime scene in their Port Orchard, Wash. apartment Tuesday afternoon. Deputies said he posted photos of the gruesome crime scene online and said on social media that he was hoping to die from "suicide by cop."
Kalac fled in Coplin's gold 2001 Ford Focus 4-door car, which was spotted by police in Southeast Portland, just after 1 a.m., Wednesday. The car had Washington license plates: 495-YLY.
Officers tried to pull the car over, at Southeast 9th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, but the driver sped away and led police on a high-speed pursuit across the Ross Island Bridge. Then the driver exited onto Southwest Barbur Boulevard and police stopped chasing him, because he was dangerously swerving into oncoming traffic.
The vehicle was last seen speeding southbound on Barbur Boulevard past Taylors Ferry Road, and investigators think Kalac was driving it. They did not see anyone else inside the vehicle.
Police said that car was found abandoned in Portland around 4:30 p.m. They did not initially specify where in Portland the car was found due to the ongoing investigation. At 7:45 p.m., Kitsap County Sheriff's Office publicly released the car's Southwest Portland location.
Kalac was described as a white man, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing around 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Police warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Killer left cryptic messages
Someone anonymously posted graphic, naked photos of the Port Orchard murder victim on an image-sharing website, before police even arrived to investigate. The unnamed writer also included horrific details of the killing, saying she fought as he strangled her. Deputies later confirmed that they believe Kalac had written the chilling descriptions and posted the photos.
Authorities confirmed the grisly online photos were of Coplin, 30, and the crime scene in Port Orchard, Washington, said Scott Wilson, a Kitsap County sheriff's deputy. The images appeared on 4chan, an online bulletin board whose anonymous nature has led to some of the internet's darker moments. Earlier this year, hundreds of private pictures of nude celebrities were posted on the site.
Kalac lived with Coplin, 30, and her 13-year-old son in the Port Orchard apartment. The teen told police the couple had a "very loud argument" the night before and he stayed in his bedroom. He left the next morning and assumed his mother was quietly sleeping, according to court documents obtained by KGW.
When police found Coplin dead in her bedroom, she was surrounded by hand-written messages, according to the probable cause document. Writing on a picture said, "She killed me first." On the blinds were the words, "bad news," and "dead" was written across her drivers license.
Investigators said Coplin "had obvious homicidal violence to her body" and neighbors told them they heard "loud thumping and banging noises coming from the apartment" during the night, according to the probable cause document.
They also learned that Kalac sent an odd text message to a friend hours after the murder, stating that people will see him "in the news" soon.
Anyone who spots Coplin's Ford Focus, Kalac or may have information about his whereabouts was urged to immediately call 911. Police warned that no one should approach him.
Kalac has an active warrant for his arrest, for second-degree murder and domestic violence out of Kitsap County, Wash. The judge said his bail would be set at $2 million after capture.