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  • Local authorities look to community for help in locating missing persons

    The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office is holding a community outreach event called Missing Person Event in hopes of identifying local missing persons.


  • Woman found dead in West Central van identified

    The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman who was found dead Saturday in a parked van in West Central Spokane as Margaret Placeres, 54.


  • Medical examiner asks for help in identifying man found in Spokane River

    The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a body found late last week in the Spokane River. The man was found across from …


  • Sister of man killed in crash with STA bus contests suicide determination

    Thomas Samples hopped on his beloved motorcycle, Piglet, on May 22 intending to bail a friend out of jail, his sister Gladys Shirey said last week. At the intersection of …


  • Human remains identified as belonging to Ramona Childress

    The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the human remains found in Elk, Wash. last week belong to Ramona Childress.


  • Victims in fatal crash identified

    The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified both victims in a fatal car crash on West Seven Mile Road on Friday night.


  • Book of poetry partly inspired by John Doe network in Spokane

    The man around 60 whose hat was gray, whose tattoo was unreadable, was found along the railroad tracks east of downtown. An infant girl, three months or more premature, was …


  • Death of man found near school ruled an accident

    A man initially believed to have been struck and killed by a car has now officially been determined to have died from an accidental fall, according to the Spokane County …


  • Man found in burned closet died from smoke

    A 50-year-old man was found dead in the closet of a flame-damaged Spokane home late Thursday, authorities said.


  • Downtown death remains under investigation

    The Spokane Police Department is investigating the death of a man discovered last week in a downtown apartment following an autopsy from which the manner of death remains inconclusive.


  • Woman found dead in north Spokane was shot in head

    A Spokane woman found dead in her home on Sunday was shot in the head, officials say.


  • Police identify dead man

    A man who police say shot his ex-girlfriend in the head before killing himself Monday has been identified as Veniamin N. Gorkovchenko, 28. Gorkovchenko was found dead of a self-inflicted …


  • Family of man slain by deputies wants inquest

    Granville Dodd was home in bed when he got the call. His younger brother, Quentin Dodd, one of 11 siblings, had been shot in Spokane Valley by a Spokane County …


  • Murder suspect’s jailhouse death a mystery to friends, family

    Friends and family say they are baffled by the death of a former Marine and accused killer found dead at the Spokane County Jail last weekend. Tristen Nebrae Jordan, 25, …


  • Man who fled hospital, died is identified

    A hallucinating man who died early Saturday after fleeing a Spokane hospital has been identified as Steven Edward Escallier, 42. Escallier was taken by ambulance to a hospital after police …


  • Body identified as man missing since December

    A body found in Peaceful Valley has been identified as a Spokane County man reported missing in December. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Francisco Poncho Johnston’s identity this …


  • Missing man had drowned

    A body found in the Spokane River on Thursday has been identified as a Coeur d’Alene tribal member missing since a phone call with his girlfriend ended abruptly in March. …


  • Mother killed in Elk fire identified

    A young mother killed in a mobile home fire in Elk last weekend has been identified as 23-year-old Terrianne Marie Gilley. The Spokane County medical examiner’s office on Tuesday had …


  • Deputies say deaths may be suicides

    The Chattaroy couple found dead in a trailer home Friday tried to commit suicide in mid-October by overdosing on medication, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said. The …


  • Murder-suicide victims identified as Chattaroy couple

    A man and woman found dead Friday in what detectives believe is a murder-suicide have been identified as Warren A. Fugitt, 78, and Harriet A. Fugitt, 72.


  • Medical Examiner identifies man shot, killed by brother

    A man shot and killed by his brother near Elk on Saturday has been identified as David A. Ruthruff, 41.


  • Shooting accident victim identified

    A man whose identity was withheld by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office after he died from an accidental gunshot on Friday while hunting a porcupine has been identified as Gary …


  • Valley man arrested in death of girlfriend

    Neighbors on North Bowman Road in Spokane Valley were shocked by a homicide that happened in their midst Saturday evening when a 33-year-old pregnant woman was killed, allegedly by her …


  • A father lost, a father found

    A “John Doe” was found dead in a van in downtown Spokane on June 14, 1983. In 2006, thanks to a “cold case” investigation, Spokane County medical examiner’s office staffers …


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