Search for murder suspect continues one week after stabbing

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 6:08 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 4:35 PM

SPOKANE-- It’s been one week since an apparent stranger brutally stabbed and killed Sharlotte McGill in northeast Spokane.

McGill was walking her dog along South Riverton when she was attacked. Seven days after the stabbing, a memorial sits at the scene where she died, which includes her nametag from the Costco where she recently started working.

Since that day, Spokane police have submitted evidence from the scene to the Washington State Patrol crime lab in Cheney for DNA testing. The evidence includes McGill’s clothing, but authorities will not say what else is being tested.

Officials with WSP said they are making this case a priority, but the DNA results could still take several weeks.

Spokane police are also looking into the possibility the suspect is a vehicle prowler, possibly stealing a car battery found and the scene. They are looking at surveillance video from local recycling centers where the suspect could be selling stolen items.

Investigators are also working to isolate fingerprints found on some of the vehicles were McGill was stabbed.

“Once you start to see what fingerprints might belong to the owner of the car, and then you have to be able to find the fingerprints that do not belong to the owner. It has to be run through a data system, then you have to see if we have those fingerprints on file, so it’s a lengthy process,” Major Craig Meidl of the Spokane Police Department said.

Spokane police say more than 100 tips have rolled in since the attack, and they have followed up on every one. They have narrowed down a list consisting of a couple of dozen people matching the description McGill gave before she died. Police are working to get in contact with all of those people.

Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe told media outlets that as of Thursday there were no details to report.

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