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Category: Cold case

July
17th

Fifth man to be arraigned today for 1988 Tacoma gang shooting

A 42-year-old man will be arraigned this afternoon in connection with a Tacoma gang shooting, believed to be the city’s first, from a quarter-century ago.

Terris Miller is serving time in the federal system for an unrelated crime. He will be the fifth man arraigned for the Aug. 28, 1988, fatal shooting of Bernard Houston.

Nathaniel Miles, Brian Allen, Anthony Ralls and Darrell Lee, all in their 40s, have already pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Houston was 17 when he was gunned down in a Hilltop neighborhood. Police said it was a retaliation shooting. The defendants allegedly belonged to

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Feb.
25th

Family members, police look for public’s help on 20-year anniversary of fatal attack that left man beaten in Tacoma Community College parking lot

Robert Radford was found badly beaten in the parking lot of Tacoma Community College 20 years ago Tuesday, with injuries that led to his death five months later.

On the anniversary of the attack, his family and Tacoma police detectives are asking for the public to help them find answers in the unsolved case.

Radford, 38, was last seen by an acquaintance at about 1:45 a.m. on Feb. 26, 1993, at a bar in the 1100 block of Commerce Street downtown. He was leaving with two unknown people in a green, full-size pickup from the 1970s, Tacoma police Detective Gene

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July
22nd

Search for evidence at Tacoma home part of Teekah Lewis investigation

A search for evidence at a Tacoma home this weekend was part of the investigation into the abduction of Teekah Lewis, a two-year-old girl who went missing from a Tacoma bowling alley in 1999, Tacoma police said.

Police spokesman Naveed Benjamin gave the following statement Sunday from those investigating:

“The Teekah Lewis abduction is an active investigation and detectives continue to follow-up leads. On July 20, 2012, detectives contacted a subject who … pleaded guilty to a child luring at a different bowling alley in Tacoma. Detectives interviewed this subject and searched his residence. Detectives are still evaluating this part of

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July
19th

Sex offender pleads not guilty in 1995 rape of Buckley girl

A convicted sex offender already serving life in prison without the possibility of parole pleaded not guilty Thursday to raping a Buckley girl in 1995.

Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Donald Schneider, 53, held without bail pending his trial.

Pierce County prosecutors contend forensics technicians earlier this year matched DNA evidence collected in the 1995 rape to Schneider. He was brought back from the state penitentiary in Walla Walla to answer the newest charges against him.

Schneider allegedly snatched the fourth-grade special education student from a bus stop then raped her, court records show.

A woman later spotted the

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March
20th

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

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

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Aug.
10th

UPDATED: King County detectives exhume remains of unidentified 1969 homicide victim

The King County Sheriff’s Office has exhumed the remains of a young woman killed in 1969 in hopes of identifying her more than 42 years later and possibly finding her killer.

The remains were discovered on a dirt road June 5, 1969, about one mile west of the Tolt River Bridge near Carnation, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release issued today. The victim’s body was nude and heavily decomposed.

Investigators couldn’t determine who she was and dubbed her “Tolt Hill Jane Doe.” They believe the woman was white, 23 to 25, 5 feet 1 to 5 feet 2

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Aug.
8th

Bundy’s DNA now in the national database

The DNA profile of serial killer Ted Bundy has been added to a national database where it can be compared to evidence from unsolved cases.

Bundy’s profile was uploaded into the FBI-run database Friday, said Keith Kameg, spokesman for Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The database contains DNA profiles of about 10 million convicted felons.

The department has not been notified that Bundy’s DNA matches any unsolved cases, Kameg said Monday.

“We are waiting the results,” he said.

Law enforcement officials hope the addition of Bundy’s DNA to the national database solves some cold cases or eliminates him in slayings

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July
7th

Kent man arrested in 1993 slaying of two sailors

A Kent man wanted in connection with the 1993 execution-style slaying of two Navy sailors in southern California was arrested today as he headed to work.

The 34-year-old man, who lived with his family and worked in Kent, was taken into custody without incident, the Kent Police Department reported.

Work by the San Diego Police Department’s cold case squad and Kent police detectives led to today’s arrest. San Diego police reopened their slaying of two sailors and identified the Kent man as a suspect, Kent police reported.

The California investigators contacted Kent police in February. The Kent investigators followed up

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