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Bremerton Police Arrest Man for Murder in Death of an 87 Year Old Neighbor
At 3:00 PM April 12th, Bremerton Police Officers and Detectives stopped and arrested 45 year old Craig W. Miller in his vehicle in West Bremerton. The arrest followed a lengthy and exhaustive investigation that began over fifteen months ago following a murder that occurred November 7, 2016 at an address in East Bremerton. Miller is a registered sex offender related to a previous felony conviction in the state of Illinois. At 4:48 PM on November 7, 2015, Bremerton officers were called to an East Bremerton apartment by Miller who was calling to report that his “buddy”, 87 year-old Floyd Zumwalt, had been apparently killed by an unknown assailant. Miller was interviewed that evening at the scene and several times since the murder. Significant physical evidence pointed to Miller as the assailant early in the investigation. Continued work by detectives, including dozens of interviews as well as forensic testing, led to testimony and evidence showing Miller was the perpetrator.“Our detectives and officers have been diligently working on this complex case for months, and hopefully this arrest can begin to bring some closure and justice for the family and friends of this 87-year old man,” said Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan. He added, “We appreciate the excellent work of our Coroner’s Office and the assistance of our Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.” Miller was jailed at the Kitsap County Jail and bail was set at $1,000,000. The case is forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office with a Certificate of Probable Cause for felony Murder in the First Degree.