Neighbors say fatal stabbing wasn’t the first attack on the trail


by Othello Richards &

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Updated Friday, May 4 at 5:22 PM

SPOKANE-- Sharlotte McGill was found hurt along a popular walking trail that neighbors South Riverton.

One neighbor tells KREM 2 news this was not the first violent attack there this year.

One woman says she knows of another incident back earlier this year, where a woman was attacked while walking her dog.

The trail is quiet and secluded; tucked below south Riverton Avenue, away from the view of the street in many places.

Friday, two roses sat by a plaque by the trailhead of Tuffy's Trail, by the spot authorities say a man jumped out of the bushes, and stabbed Sharlotte McGill.

Michael Zachman says he actually saw mc-gill walking on the road, “and said hi to her, she said hi, and she kept walking.”

He didn't see, but he thinks she may have been pulled onto the trail off the road when she was attacked.

Authorities say a construction worker found McGill after she crawled several feet up the trail. 

Zachman placed candles near the attack spot.  “I’ve been on this trail a couple times in my life and I’ve never had any issues.”

One neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told KREM 2 she knows of a woman in recent months who was knocked unconscious. “she had a concussion and it happened in march here, for her, and she had a big dog with her and that didn't seem to stop the guy...I talked to her this morning and she's still slow and she still has troubles with it but she doesn't go anywhere without her Akita or her husband .”

Spokane Police say they're looking through any previous reports filed for similarities on a suspect description.