They work tirelessly to find clues to solving murders that happened years, even decades ago, meticulously culling enough information and evidence to make an arrest. The King County Cold Case Unit has solved a number of murders. The most recent involved the death of Sandi Johnson, a 28-year-old mother who vanished in 1996. Her remains were discovered along a pierce county highway in 2004. Just last week, King County Sheriff’s detectives were able to arrest a Montana man in connection with her murder.
The Cold Case Unit should be busy focusing on solving another murder, but instead the investigators are trying to find the funding they need to keep the unit going! King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Sergeant Jesse Anderson from the Cold Case Unit joined Margaret to showcase several murders the unit has solved, including:
Sandi Johnson: She vanished in 1996. Her remains were discovered in 2004. Just last week, investigators arrested a Montana man, who was a former co-worker, in connection with her death.
Nicole Pietz: Her husband David reported her missing in 2006. Her remains were found a short time later. Advanced technology led detectives to arrest David Pietz in connection with her murder.
Mike Emert: The realtor was murdered inside a house he was showing. Tireless investigation led deputies to a suspect a decade later.
Rebecca Marrero: She vanished in 1982 and investigators long suspected she was one of the Green River Killer's victims. After her remains were uncovered in 2011, Gary Ridgway confessed to her murder.
Diana Peterson: The 16 year old was found stabbed to death in her own backyard in 1975. More than three decades later, investigators arrested a former classmate, James Groth. He was convicted in 2009.
Diana's sister, Marilyn Richter, joined Margaret to talk about what it has meant for her family to live in limbo for so long-- and to finally get justice. She also said it would be heartbreaking for families of other cold case victims should the Cold Cause Unit close at the end of the year.
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NOTE: IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT ANY ACTIVE OR COLD CASES AND WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE, PLEASE CALL THE KING COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT THIS NUMBER: 206-296-3311 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU HAVE URGENT INFORMATION OR A TIP, CALL 911.