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Remains of 56-year-old missing woman found near Burke-Gilman Trail on UW campus

The remains were discovered on June 20.

SEATTLE — The remains of a missing 56-year-old woman were found in the Kincaid Ravine near the Burke-Gilman Trail on the University of Washington campus, police confirmed Tuesday.

Police are treating the woman's death as a homicide. 

“UWPD is working with SPD on the investigation, and we have no reason to believe there is any UW connection to this very tragic situation,” UWPD said in a statement to KING 5.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, University of Washington police contacted Seattle police for assistance with the investigation into the remains. 

The remains were found near Ravenna Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, according to Seattle police.

More than 6,000 people use the Burke-Gilman trail everyday on UW campus, including Robell Bassett, who was shocked to hear a missing woman’s remains were found nearby in a ravine.

“When I first hear about it obviously I don’t feel good, but it’s also news to me. I’m surprised honestly that I haven’t heard anything and I wish that maybe I would’ve known about it,” Bassett said.

Members of Seattle Police Department's Crime Scene Investigation Unit processed the scene.

The remains were transferred to the King County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Seattle police detectives were able to identify the woman after additional information from the Medical Examiner's Office.

Seattle police will continue to investigate.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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