Police seek witnesses in Lake Stevens stabbing

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- Detectives are seeking witnesses who may have seen an alleged murderer and his 20-year-old victim at a McDonald's in Lake Stevens three days before the killing.

Anthony Garver, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Phillipa Evans-Lopez, whose body was found stabbed two dozen times at her home on June 17.

In searching Evans-Lopez' purse after her murder, investigators found a McDonalds receipt dated three days earlier, and surveillance video from the restaurant showed Evans-Lopez was ordering food with a man later identified as Garver, according to court documents. Evans-Lopez is seen wearing a pink sweatshirt, and Garver in a black sweatshirt carrying a camouflage backpack.

Garver was released from federal prison in February after serving time for threatening to blow up a government building in Spokane. FBI agents reported Garver was an experienced survivalist with bullet proof vests, night vision goggles, police scanners, equipment for making false IDs, an altered passport and maps with GPS coordinates marked along the Canadian border.

Detectives are asking for anyone who visited the restaurant the evening of June 14, to call the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office tipline at 425-388-3845.