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Human skull, bones found in Auburn ravine

Post by Mike Archbold on Dec. 22, 2010 at 11:44 am with 8 Comments »
December 22, 2010 2:10 pm

King County detectives have found more bones at the bottom of a deep ravine in Auburn near West Valley Highway where a human skull was found Tuesday.

The bones were discovered at the bottom of a 200-foot-deep ravine off South 292nd Street, even with about South 296th Street.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart confirmed they  found more bones that are  “most likely” human, he said.

He said the the skull has been there for at least a few years, and possibly much longer. The sex of the victim has not been determined, nor a manner or cause of death, he added.

Positive identification, if any, will come from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, Urquhart said. There is no timetable as to when that will occur, he said.

Both ends of South 292nd Street were blocked off today by law enforcement, neighbors said.

Tim Hagan, who lives on the west edge of the ravine, said his two teenage children and friend found the skull about noon. He said it was located deep in the ravine below their home and on the east side.

“We all went down there,” Hagan said.

He said detectives told his wife this morning they had found more bones.

Sgt. Dave Colglazier with the Auburn Police Department said they were called about the skull and went to look at it. He said the skull was obviously human, and they turned the investigation over to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

At this point the skull has not been linked to any particular crime or series of crimes, Urquhart said.

That includes the series of grisly murders of women that began in 1982 and attributed to the Green River Killer. Their mostly decomposed bodies were found in body dump sites in ravines and forested areas throughout South King County over the next 20 years.

On Nov. 5, 2003, Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to murdering at least 48 women. He is serving life in prison.

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. footballscaa says:

    More of Ridgeways work?

  2. PolarBear53 says:

    I Feel sorry for the kids that found it.

  3. My brother, his friend and I were the one who actually found the skull…I was in the woods with my brother and his friend when I slipped, fell and came face to face with the skull. Although if it wasn’t for my brother, I would had never gone. If it wasn’t for my brothers friend, J we wouldn’t have the actual picture. We started out to be freaked out but now we are just happy that someone will have their son or daughter home for Christmas,” he is gone but not forgotten”, my family will always remember. Dec. 21, 2010 ~ REST IN PEACE~

  4. Hopefully this can bring closure to a family that may be missing a loved one. how sad…..

  5. Skye56 – My prayers for you and your family as you go through this situation. Stand tall together and know that you have done something good by bringing that family member home.

  6. Skye56, good job. Nice attitude. Wish you were my kids! :-)

  7. princessnancy says:

    If I remember correctly, and this turns out to be one of Ridgeway’s victims, won’t his sentence be changed and he will be charged with the death penalty. That would be good news; it would save the taxpayer’s lots of money (if they are ever able to actually put him to death!)

  8. TheCoze and YeeHaw thank you both!!!!!

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