Reward money in Mount Pilchuck mother-daughter murders to expire

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM

It’s a new year for David Stodden, but it begins the same as the past six, with a soft spoken yet desperate plea for help to find the person who killed his wife and daughter.

“I mean it's never easy. I'll tell you that. It's never easy,” he said.

In July of 2006, Susanna Stodden and her mother, Mary, were hiking the pinnacle lake trail near Mount Pilchuck when someone shot them execution style.

Today, David is back in the area handing out fliers, seeing the same faces he has for the past 6 1/2 years. He finds sympathy, but nothing more. It's almost a strange sort of therapy.

“Well, it's kind of like sharing the pain. That's how I've always felt when people care,” he said.

In the Mount Baker National Forest, the trail for the killer is running cold and the reward is running out. In September the $25,000 collected to find the killer will expire.

“I think, at the time, everyone thought this would be solved long before 7 years,” said David.

And now David admits he thinks the crimes may never be solved. All this time hasn't healed his wounds:

“Well I think... I was in shock for 3 or 4 years,” he said.

He longs for Sundays reading the paper with his wife, and can barely muster the words to express the grief for his eldest daughter.

“I mean it's pretty tough with Susanna,” he said.

And without a reward, this could be his last chance to bring them justice.

“There’s still a reward for another 7 or 8 months, so I'm making a push,” said David.

So, it's back to the same routine. It's all David Stodden can do, hoping this year finally brings a different ending.

“I just have to keep going,” he said.

Investigators say the $25,000 reward comes with an expiration date because those that are open-ended generally don't produce results.

Anyone with information should call the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

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