More than two decades after the Green River Killer terrorized the Puget Sound region, searchers still are seeking evidence. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on a weekend discovery could prove to be a major development in the case.
A human skeleton and several fragments of more bones were found by the King County sheriff’s Green River task force. The discoveries were the first since the task force was formed anew in early 1991. But the human skeleton, including a skull, hasn’t been identified yet, and it’s not clear if the remains are of a woman or a man, let alone a victim of the Green River Killer.
The team and search-and-rescue volunteers decided to dig at the site based on the history of the 49 Green River killings, witness information and tips the team had received. The site is similar to three nearby sites along the same highway where in 1984 three other Green River victims were found.
Gary Ridgway, 54, has been charged with the deaths of seven victims. He is expected to go on trial next summer. The Green River Killer was blamed for the deaths of 49 women between 1982 and 1984, many of them prostitutes and runaways.