Fauntlee Hills woman’s 2011 death now classified as homicide

July 3, 2012 at 9:44 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

When Seattle Police launched an upgraded version of their SPD Blotter website yesterday, it included a new feature: This list of unsolved murders. The list of victims of course includes Greggette Guy, found dead off Beach Drive in March. But there’s another West Seattle victim on the list, one we didn’t notice, till SeattlePI.com crime reporter Casey McNerthney (whose report is here) did: Kaari Higgins, who died after being found seriously injured in a home on SW Concord in Fauntlee Hills in January 2011. There had been rumors her death might have been homicide, but when we checked with police in early 2011, it was not classified as such, and that’s the last we heard of the case, until now. The brief summary on the new SPD Catch a Killer” page:

Kaari Higgins was a loving mother to her two children, 10-year-old Ryan, and 13-year-old Lindsey. Kaari was found injured and unconscious inside her home on 44th Avenue SW and SW Concord Street on January 8, 2011. Medics rushed Kaari to Harborview, where she died from her injuries. The King County Medical Examiner determined Kaari’s injuries were not caused by an accident or a fall, and this case is being investigated as a homicide.

If you have any information on this or other unsolved homicide cases, the SPD Tip Line is (206) 233-5000. Ms. Higgins and Ms. Guy are the only West Seattle victims on the list, which SPD says dates back to January 2010.

7 Comments

  1. This is tragic and it happened right around the corner from my house. I did not know Kaari and I am so sorry for her kids and her family. I am surprised that it was not more widely covered in the Seattle press.

    Comment by Lfauntleroy — 1:17 pm July 3, 2012 #

  2. Was the Jeremy Peck case ever solved?

    Comment by evergreen — 1:42 pm July 3, 2012 #

  3. no Jeremy Peck case NOT solved :(

    Comment by nichole — 2:35 pm July 3, 2012 #

  4. It’s not on the new SPD list, either, indicating it has not been classified as a homicide, though it has been almost a year since this:
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    http://westseattleblog.com/2011/07/new-revelations-in-jeremy-peck-case-search-warrant-unsealed

    Comment by WSB — 2:40 pm July 3, 2012 #

  5. I just read about Greggette – 160+ comments on WSB.

    The silence surrounding Kaari Michl Higgins’ murder is deafening.

    May you rest in peace, Kaari. You and your children didn’t deserve this.

    Comment by SearchingForTruth — 8:26 am July 5, 2012 #

  6. RIP Kaari. You are in my thoughts and prayers and so is your family.

    Comment by i'mcoveredinbees — 11:47 pm July 5, 2012 #

  7. I’m about 99% certain that I met Kaari in a capacity related to (my) work in spring/summer 2010. She came across as a very nice person and did not appear intoxicated or disheveled in any way at the time. It is a shame that this case did not receive really any media attention at the time, even if they thought it was an accident. Even now, there are apparently details that are being listed incorrectly in various places (I am not blaming WSB, you are going off what the police tell you, I realize). Anyway, the whole thing is just bizarre to say the least.

    Comment by Endolyne — 12:04 pm July 8, 2012 #

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