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Seattle police comb filthy home of 3 elderly brothers charged in child-porn case

Police are also asking the public to contact detectives with any information that may aid the investigation.

Seattle police returned Wednesday to the cluttered and filthy home of three elderly brothers who each have been charged with two counts of second-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexual conduct.

Detectives, their clothes covered in dirt, did a final sweep through the brothers’ Meridian neighborhood home, which one officer described as filthy and flea-infested. Family members also had a vintage car towed from the property, and Seattle firefighters boarded up a back entrance to secure the home.

It wasn’t immediately clear what police were looking for during the search of the home the brothers have shared since 1962. Charging papers filed against the men said an earlier search turned up volumes of sexually explicit images and videos of young girls, along with girls’ clothing, shoes, toys and handwritten notes about girls being kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed.

The brothers — Charles Emery, 82; Edwin Emery, 78; and Thomas Emery, 80 — remain jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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Meanwhile, authorities in Grays Harbor County on Wednesday said they were working to establish a possible link between the brothers and the 2009 disappearance of 10-year-old Lindsey Baum in McCleary. However, authorities concede there is no specific information to connect the two cases.

Wednesday’s search of the brothers’ Seattle home was likely related to information contained in the charging papers filed last week:

“At the time of filing, law enforcement is actively executing search warrants and interviewing witnesses to determine the extent of the defendants’ child exploitation crimes as well as evidence of homicide,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson wrote.

Neighbors say they are disturbed by the arrests of the men and subsequent searches…

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