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DNA evidence solves 1986 Spokane murder, police say

DNA has linked a Montana man to a Spokane woman’s 1986 murder, and police are checking to see if his biological profile is a match in at least three other unsolved murders in Spokane that bear striking similarities. Gary L. Trimble, 62, of Lincoln, Mont., faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Dorothy E. Burdette, who was found dead in High Bridge Park on Christmas Day 1986.

Authorities not ready to drop cold case

Kristin David disappeared in June 1981 while riding her bicycle from Moscow to Clarkston, and about a week later the dismembered body of the 22-year-old University of Idaho student was found in the Snake River.

Suspects lived free for years in Arizona

Two women found dead near Tucson, Ariz., shortly after being profiled on “America’s Most Wanted” in connection with a Post Falls homicide had been living there for at least eight years. Tina Loesch and Skye Hanson made a living doing “remodeling and construction-type work,” said Post Falls police Chief Cliff Hayes, who was in Arizona to investigate. Hanson also worked as a landscaper.

Police still pursuing unresolved killings

Similarities between the deaths of two women killed by an aging convict in Illinois and as many as five unsolved homicides in Spokane have drawn the interest of police. Robert Clark, 72, who is serving a prison term at Lawrence Correctional Facility in Sumner, Ill., for a strangulation murder in that state, had spent at least two years in Eastern Washington during the mid-1980s, when several women were killed by a still-unknown assailant, police said. Clark confessed to the Illinois murder while at Walla Walla State Penitentiary, where he was serving time for the 1987 strangulation of a Spokane woman, Rochelle English.

Cold Case: Jean McLean

The murder of Jean McLean August 19, 1983 remains a cold case for the Spokane, Wash., Police Department.

Cold Case: Candy Rogers

The 1959 rape and strangulation of 9-year-old Candy Rogers is probably Spokane's most infamous unsolved murder.

Women hope clues are in the cards

This deck of playing cards deals in lost lives. Survivors of two homicide victims hope inmates at the Spokane County Jail soon will be playing solitaire with Cold Case cards featuring information about unsolved killings and missing-persons cases.

Cold Case: Ronnie Armstead and Angela Stewart

Ronnie Armstead wanted to distance himself from a life of drugs and crime. Angela Stewart was brought up to see the good in people, so she decided to give him a chance. They were murdered on Nov. 7, 1995.

Missing on the job

Julie Weflen’s disarming smile beamed from dozens of billboards in four states, from hundreds of thousands of posters and in national media after she went missing 20 years ago this month.

Cold case: Overview

With vigilant detectives and advances in technology, Spokane Police are trying to bring closure to 28 unsolved homicides.

Cold case: Arthur Haines

Arthur Haines, 87, was found beaten in his home on March 1, 1993. The murderer set his home on fire in an attempt to hide the evidence. Police are still looking for the killer.

Reward reopens girl’s ‘74 vanishing

Laurie Partridge has been missing for 31 years, but time hasn't dampened her family's hope of finding out what happened that winter day in 1974. The 17-year-old left Ferris High School on Dec. 4 because she had stomach cramps, and then she "fell off the face of the earth," a sheriff's detective said.