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Another decades-old Tacoma murder solved? Suspected killer of 12-year-old Michella Welch arrested

Possibly solving a second high-profile cold case murder in two months, Tacoma police on Wednesday arrested a man suspected of killing 12-year-old Michella Welch more than three decades ago.


Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

A microscopic thread of DNA evidence in a public genealogy database led California authorities to declare this spring they had caught the Golden State Killer, the rapist and murderer who …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 11:30 a.m.

A genealogy website helps crack another cold case, police say, this one a 1987 double homicide

Since 1987, police had received more than 300 names from tipsters who thought they had information about the couple’s alleged killer. William Earl Talbott II was not on that list. …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Man arrested in 1987 killing of couple in Washington state

New DNA technology has led to the arrest of a 55-year-old man in the killing of a young Canadian couple in Washington state more than three decades ago, police said.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Unsolved 1990 Clarkston homicide case reopened

Nearly 30 years after she was found stabbed to death in her family’s Clarkston home, Toni Tedder’s unsolved homicide case has been reopened.


New suspect images released in 1991 Federal Way murder

Authorities hope images created from DNA evidence will help solve a murder that has stumped them for more than a quarter-century.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Pasco killing suspect accused of rape, kidnapping in Spokane in 1999

When Theodore Milam, 54, was released from jail late last year in Spokane County, his DNA was uploaded to a nationwide law enforcement database. On Jan. 31, it found two …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Man arrested in 1989 rape, murder of teen near Bellingham

Authorities have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a teenager near Bellingham nearly 30 years ago.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Murder charge dismissed against ex-Pasco cop accused in 1986 Spokane homicide

A murder charge against a former Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane woman in 1986 was dropped Wednesday as a result of DNA evidence.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Slaying that haunted family for decades now linked to racism

When 23-year-old Timothy Coggins was found dead and disfigured beside a Georgia highway in 1983, the young black man’s family and neighbors whispered that his killing may be linked to …


Nebraska attorney general: 1937 killings of 2 lawmen solved

It was a phone call urging renewed scrutiny of the unsolved 1937 killings of two eastern-central Nebraska lawmen that helped lead to a re-examination and solving of the case, Nebraska …


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 8:53 a.m.

Political infighting between Spokane police, prosecutors, medical examiner leaves death investigations unsolved

A unusual dispute between investigators, prosecutors and the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office regarding the findings of a 2012 autopsy has allowed a man linked to two Spokane killings to …


Police arrest two in case of man who vanished 34 years ago

Authorities say a Sultan man and Leavenworth woman have been arrested in the death of a man who disappeared 34 years ago.


Spokane County has identified one missing person using amateur sleuth’s help

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office works with Carl Koppelman to create likenesses of unidentified remains.


California man’s hobby is identifying missing people through his drawings

Someone shot a teenager in the forehead and left her in a frigid cornfield in Caledonia, New York. Her body was found Nov. 10, 1979. She had tan lines suggesting …


Sheriff: Suspect in Righteous Brothers wife slaying is dead

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said investigators believe Kenneth Eugene Troyer was responsible for the January 1976 slaying of Karen Klaas. She was attacked Jan. 30, 1976 as she …


DNA match brings arrests in two California girls’ 1973 killings

Decades-old DNA led to the arrests Tuesday of two men in connection with the shotgun slayings of two girls in California more than 40 years ago, authorities said.


Trial will go ahead for ex-Pasco police officer charged with killing prostitute

The ex-Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane prostitute in 1986 will proceed to trial after a judge ruled Friday against his attorney’s motion to drop charges.


Remains identified as Tacoma man missing since 1968

After more than 40 years, Jefferson County investigators have identified a set of skeletal remains found in 1975 as a man who disappeared in 1968.


Ex-Pasco officer charged with tampering with a witness in murder trial

A former Pasco police officer accused of killing a Spokane prostitute 29 years ago is now suspected of trying to find his former girlfriend and interfere with her cooperation with …


Murder suspect Richard Aguirre accused of witness intimidation

Investigators say former Pasco police officer and murder suspect Richard Aguirre has made “concerted efforts” in jail phone calls to a friend and one of his sisters to contact a …


More people identified in explicit photos, videos kept by Aguirre

Investigators continue to identify people featured in the thousands of photos and videos depicting sex acts kept by murder suspect Richard Aguirre, and several women told police that Aguirre choked …


Cops leaked information to murder suspect, prosecutors say

Spokane County prosecutors suspect members of law enforcement in the Tri-Cities have leaked information to their former co-worker accused of killing a woman in Spokane in 1986. Murder suspect and …


UPDATED: Fri., June 5, 2015, 5:15 p.m.

Prosecutors say former Pasco cop accused in Spokane murder is getting tips from Pasco cops

Spokane County prosecutors are alleging that members of the Pasco Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office have leaked information to their former co-worker who is accused to killing a …


Cold case murder suspect now charged with voyeurism

Spokane County Jail records indicate that cold case murder suspect Richard Aguirre is facing a new charge of voyeurism.


Sex tapes seized from suspect in 1986 Spokane killing of prostitute

Spokane homicide investigators have seized a cache of sex tapes belonging to an ex-police officer accused in a 29-year-old cold-case killing near the now-demolished Playfair horse track. The suspect, Richard …


Former Pasco officer, suspect in Spokane homicide, remains free though charged in separate rape case

A former Pasco police officer who is a suspect in a 1986 homicide in Spokane remains free though he was charged on Thursday in a separate rape case. Richard J. …


Former Pasco officer suspected in 1986 Spokane murder charged in unrelated rape case

A former Pasco police officer who is a suspect in a 1986 murder in Spokane remains free though he was charged on Thursday in a separate rape case.


Ex-Pasco police officer is suspect in 1986 killing

A transient found Ruby Doss’ body on a January morning in 1986. The 27-year-old woman from Detroit had been struck in the head and strangled near East Sprague Avenue. Her …


UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2015, 12:47 p.m.

Pasco police officer a suspect in 1986 Spokane cold case

A Pasco police officer who recently resigned from the force is a suspect in a 1986 homicide in Spokane, Spokane Police said this morning.