Second Search This Month for Remains
Yesterday morning detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crime Units and members of King County Search and Rescue conducted an evidence search on South 178th Street, near I-5, south and west of Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, looking for remains of possible victims of the Green River killer, Gary Ridgway.
Last week Sheriff’s detectives conducted a similar search of a wooded area near Duvall to locate possible remains of victims. According to the King County Sheriff’s Department, these were the first searches of the sites. Though neither site was specifically identified by Ridgway when the Sheriff’s Department interviewed him in 2003, following his arrest, the searches are done periodically as time and resources allow.
Following the search in Duvall, the King County Sheriff’s Department indicated no remains had been found. No remains were found.*
Ridgway was convicted in 2003 of killing 49 women, but he told police he likely killed more than 71 murders. Many of the women’s bodies have not yet been found. The remains of Tracy Winston, one of the 49 confirmed victims, was found in a park along the Green River in Kent in March of 1986.
In 2004, Ridgway was sentenced to life without parole. He is incarcerated in Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington.
*Updated the story at 6:04 PM, 11/13/16. Cindi West, IPO for King County Sheriff’s Department indicated that no remains were found.