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Investigators seek clues in slaying of Pierce County woman 10 years ago

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
March 21, 2012 4:07 pm
Sharon Van Gilder/Courtesy of Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is spotlighting a decade-old slaying of a 39-year-old woman that remains unsolved.

The body of Sharon Y. Van Gilder was found shortly after midnight March 21, 2002. She was lying along the road in the 7400 block of 156th Street East in Spanaway.

Van Gilder had been strangled. Investigators believe she was left along the road a few hours before she was found. Detectives have offered no motive for her slaying.

Van Gilder, a lifelong Tacoma area resident, was last seen the night of March 20, 2002, at El Gallo de Oro tavern at 32nd Street and Portland Avenue East in Tacoma. Witnesses reported seeing her leave the bar with two unidentified men.

One man was described as Hispanic, in his early 20s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 9 and 160 pounds. He had brown hair and brown eyes.

The second man was described as Hispanic, in his early 20s, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 and 160 to 170 pounds.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives want to hear from anyone who might know the men or who saw Van Gilder the night of March 20, 2002.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information that leads to arrests and charges filed in the homicide. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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