Body found at Samish Park and son arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder

The body of a Fairhaven woman was recovered near Samish Park Sunday, and her son has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

“We did find a body in that area, and she has been identified as a missing Bellingham resident from the Fairhaven area,” Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo said Monday. “We are working with the Bellingham Police Department on their investigation.”

The body was identified as Frances Gregory, 64.

Her son Matthew Downey Gregory was booked into Whatcom County Jail by Bellingham Police at 4:43 a.m. Monday on suspicion of second-degree murder.

“However at this time, we are not quite prepared to release any more information on the case, other than we are investigating,” Bellingham Police Lt. Claudia Murphy said.

Bail was set at $1 million at his first appearance in Whatcom County Superior Court Monday.