January 2, 2012 in City, News

Death investigation ruled homicide

By The Spokesman-Review

Friends have identified the homicide victim discovered Sunday in North Spokane as 34-year-old Kim Schmidt.

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives today re-classified Schmidt’s death from suspicious to homicide. Authorities are not expected to officially identify her until after a Tuesday autopsy.

Deputies were called about 2:45 p.m. Sunday after a family member discovered Schmidt dead in a home in the 100 block of East Regina.

After first classifying the death as suspicious, major crimes detectives now believe someone killed the woman and the investigators gathered evidence overnight, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

“Some interviews have been conducted, but more remain to be accomplished,” he said.

Reagan did not indicate whether detectives have identified a suspect.

“Many of the detectives who are working this case were called out for the Zehm suicide in Coeur d’Alene the night before, so they will be resting today and will resume working this homicide on Tuesday,” Reagan said.

In that case, 52-year-old Daniel Joe Zehm fatally shot himself during a police chase in Kootenai County.

As for Schmidt, several friends have left condolences on the social media pages of her daughter and of the girl’s father, who also lives in Spokane.

Efforts to reach the girl’s father were not immediately successful.

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