Brinnon man released from jail after allegedly hiding mother’s corpse

62-year-old could still be charged

BRINNON — A man who allegedly kept his mother’s corpse in his house for almost two years has been released from jail on his own recognizance, after autopsy results showed that his mother died of natural causes.

Gerald A. Armstrong, 62, could be charged after an investigation into financial records is complete, said Jefferson County Undersheriff Andy Pernsteiner.

The Brinnon man was released Monday afternoon. He was arrested Friday evening after Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies found that he had allegedly been keeping his mother’s corpse without alerting the county coroner, Pernsteiner said.

His mother, Dorothy Armstrong, reportedly died in September 2017 at the age of 85, according to Pernsteiner.

Her corpse was discovered when Deputy Gordon Tamura came to the house for a welfare check requested by Gerald Armstrong’s brother to check on their mother, Pernsteiner said.

Pernsteiner said that as of Tuesday probable charges would be misdemeanors: two counts of failure to notify the coroner (a misdemeanor) and concealment of a dead body (a gross misdemeanor).

No court date for Gerald Armstrong had been set by Tuesday.

An autopsy was completed Monday, and the cause of death was undetermined, but the manner of death was deemed to be natural, Pernsteiner said.

Reportedly, Gerald Armstrong initially wouldn’t allow Tamura access to the residence, claiming his mother was asleep.

Tamura was insistent and Gerald Armstrong eventually allowed him entry and “came clean,” showing Tamura to the living room, where Dorothy’s body was seated in a chair, Pernsteiner said.

The mother and son had reportedly lived together for years and had a joint bank account, Pernsteiner said.

An investigation into financial records is ongoing.

Pernsteiner said that Gerald Armstrong was the sole heir to his mother’s estate and he does not anticipate finding anything illegal.


Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected].

More in Crime

Detective Sgt. Eric Munger of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office prepares to show a semi-automatic rifle presented in the triple-murder trial of Dennis Marvin Bauer. (Paul Gottlieb/Peninsula Daily News)
Trial to last through holiday

Prosecution continues case

Suspect charged with string of mailbox thefts

Port Angeles man to be arraigned Friday

Quileute man sentenced for child sexual assault

A member of the Quileute Tribe has been sentenced to… Continue reading

Second-degree murder trial date set

Quilcene man shot, killed in November

Jared Bauer, Dennis Bauer’s son, testifies in his father’s triple-murder trial Wednesday in Clallam County Superior Court. (Rob Ollikainen/For the Peninsula Daily News)
Bauer’s son not an alibi for his father

Prosecution witness delivers testimony during proceedings

Dr. Eric Kiesel, the medical examiner who performed autopsies on the bodies of Tiffany May and Darrell and Jordan Iverson in January 2019, uses a manakin to show the trajectory of bullets during Dennis Mavin Bauer’s triple murder trial Monday in Clallam County Superior Court. Michele Devlin, county Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, looks on.
Murder trial testimony details 19 gunshot wounds

Medical examiner: At least two types of ammunition used

Man charged with second-degree murder

Suspect turns self in after 12-hour manhunt

Alleged mail bandit arrested

Man accused of forging checks

The jury was shown an ammunition clip during testimony last week in the Dennis Bauer murder trial.
Triple-murder trial resumes Monday

Dropped gun clip possible link

Most Read