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Police arrested Tucksen three days later, while he was on his way to work, for an unrelated probation violation in Oregon. He has an extensive criminal record, including allegations of violations against Kuich. When questioned about Kuich's disappearance and Tucksen's abandonment, he said he had had an argument with Kuich a few days before, she took off with the child, and he hadn't seen either of them since. He claimed to be unaware that Kuich was missing or that their son had been found abandoned. Tucksen was extradited to Oregon and the child was placed in a foster home by Child Protective Services.
There has been no sign of Kuich and an extensive investigation has turned up no clues as to her whereabouts. She had no money, car or job at the time of her disappearance; she had been living in a tent in the woods near Tucksen's place of work and had previously lived in various shelters and hotels in the area. Tucksen stated she had dropped out of sight for short period before but always came back to him. Photos of Tucksen are posted below this case summary.
In December 2010, Tucksen was arrested for second-degree murder in the June 2010 death of an acquaintance, Zachariah Wright. Wright was stabbed to death and his house set on fire. Tucksen had been publicly sought for questioning since the murder, but avoided police for more than six months by hiding in the woods near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He is awaiting trial.
Kuich's mother stated she was a devoted parent who would not have abandoned her son. Authorities believe she may be dead. She is originally from Newport, Oregon. Her case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd.
Pierce County Sheriff's Office