After a time, Pomeroy met Long, a colleague who was also divorced. And soon, the pair became an item. Together, they decided to leave Utah and move almost 900 miles northwest to King County, WA. With Pomeroy’s two children in tow, the family settled into a house close to Lake Marcel, some 40 miles outside of Seattle.
Nestled between the small towns of Carnation and Duvall, Pomeroy and Long’s isolated home was set on a quiet cul-de-sac. And, in keeping with their surroundings, they seemed to keep themselves to themselves. “They just stayed inside a lot,” one of their neighbors recalled.
However, in August 2008, Pomeroy and Long’s quiet family home became the focus of a national scandal. One night, a neighbor heard chilling screams emanating from the couple’s property. Concerned, they notified Child Protection Services, who sent a police officer to investigate.