SPOKANE-- Spokane Police released new information Monday regarding the stabbing death of a woman attacked by the Spokane River last week.
Officers said Sharlotte McGill was walking her dog Thursday when a man jumped out of the bushes, stabbed her several times and fled. McGill was taken to the hospital and rushed into surgery. She died Thursday afternoon.
Police detained a person of interest the day of the fatal stabbing. That man has never been named a suspect. His clothes were taken to be tested for blood. Detectives say they have enough information to believe that man was not connected to the stabbing.
Detectives latest lead was a car battery found near the crime scene. Detectives are processing a vehicle that had a battery stolen. Detectives hope to pull prints and DNA from that car and another that was prowled around the same time McGill was killed. Door to door canvassing of the apartment complex led investigators to the car with the missing battery.
The department says finding McGill’s killer is still top priority.
Before she died, McGill described her attacker as a black man in his 30’s with a bad eye. Police are actively searching for the suspect.
Anyone who has any information about the stolen battery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 233-TIPS