Tribute to Greggette Guy, 1 year after her unsolved murder in West Seattle

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Greggette Guy loved the Girl Scouts, and the outdoors.

That’s why her family considered this to be the perfect tribute: A memorial plaque unveiled by her husband and daughter this weekend at the base of a totem pole at a Girl Scout camp in east King County:

Today marks exactly one year since Mrs. Guy’s life ended, decades too soon, at age 51.

The evening of March 11, 2012, she is believed to have come to West Seattle for a walk along the water, far from her home in Kent, but she had lived here decades earlier. The next morning, her body was found in Puget Sound, off the Harbor West Condos, half a mile north of where her car was found, by Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook. Three days later, police announced it was a case of murder; they kept the cause of death quiet for a while, but eventually disclosed she had suffered neck wounds.

One year later, no arrest, nor even a suspect description; a detective who came to the Saturday ceremony told us they remain very eager for any tip that might help solve the mystery of who killed Greggette Guy.

But on that sunny afternoon, the focus was on celebrating her memory. It was a simple and touching ceremony, not even 15 minutes long; we recorded it on video:

Mrs. Guy not only had volunteered with Girl Scouts, she had been one herself – her husband Dwight Guy shared this photo:

The Saturday tribute included a Color Guard ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Girl Scout Promise, led by the Guys’ 22-year-old daughter Darilyn and alums of her former troop, who carried the flag:

Girl Scouts organization representatives included West Seattleite Wendy Colton, who called Mrs. Guy “the epitome of everything that is good about Girl Scouts.” Her husband also shared a photo of her as a Girl Scouts volunteer:

He spoke briefly before unveiling the plaque with their daughter: “I still miss her. I always will.”

They had been married for 30 years. (The day before what would have been their 31st anniversary last September, he joined other murder victims’ loved ones at an event announcing billboards meant to bring in tips, billboards featuring photos including that of Mrs. Guy.)

September is also when Dwight Guy told us about the tribute involving the totem pole, which was carved and donated last year by a local artist, in honor of the organization’s 100-year anniversary, depicting levels of the program from Daisy Scout upward, and also paying tribute to Girl Scout volunteers like Mrs. Guy.

The ceremony honoring her ended with the singing of “Daylight Taps”; family and friends then gathered in a camp shelter where a slide show of photos played:

Refreshments included, of course, Girl Scout cookies.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE MURDER OF GREGGETTE GUY: Seattle Police stress that you can call the SPD tip line at 206-233-5000. Or even 911 – be clear you are calling with information about a murder investigation. Or, use CrimeStoppers (which can accept anonymous texted tips – here’s how to do that; the information is permanently atop our West Seattle Crime Watch page, in case you need it again sometime). And here again is the CrimeStoppers poster, first posted soon after Mrs. Guy was killed last March:

7 Replies to "Tribute to Greggette Guy, 1 year after her unsolved murder in West Seattle"

  • Carol O. March 11, 2013 (12:27 pm)

    Hope this case is solved soon. Nice tribute and plaque.

  • Sassy March 11, 2013 (3:03 pm)

    Beautiful tribute. I think of her each time I walk that path.

  • Lachlan March 11, 2013 (3:39 pm)

    I think of her often and hope for a break in the case. She sounds like such a lovely person. My heart goes out to her family.

  • McGruff March 11, 2013 (3:53 pm)

    It’s a year on, and it’s still very sad. I’m glad that the City took it on itself to clear out the brush blocking view of the park and also clear out the underbrush across the street. It’s very scary that this one never got solved. I wonder if there’s any connection between this case and the series of unsolved knife attacks in Bremerton in 2011/early 2012, and then the still unsolved murder in Monroe less than two weeks after Mrs. Guy was attacked. The MO of the fiend appears to have been similar, and as far as I know, there was never an arrest in any of these cases.
    This is not meant as a critique of the SPD, but just an acknowledgement of how hard it is to investigate a case where it’s likely there was no connection between criminal & victim. It’s just the thought that there’s still a random crazy out there that’s real scary.

  • Vraxvalhalla March 11, 2013 (4:58 pm)

    This doesn’t fit the MO of a random murder. Something isn’t adding up. Serial killer? Family member or friend? As much as I criticize the police, I do wish them success with bringing the person(s) responsible to justice.

    • WSB March 11, 2013 (5:30 pm)

      The detective reiterated what SPD had said when we published the 6-months-later followup last September …it might take years … but maybe someday somewhere somebody will slip up, someone will tell a jail cellmate, a spurned lover will tell police something s/he was told but no longer wants to keep quiet about, who knows.

  • AlkiLiving March 13, 2013 (1:06 pm)

    I’m grateful that our community hasn’t forgotten Greggette Guy. I hope that justice is served in this matter. I also hope that Mrs. Guy’s family is able to recover, and find some peace after such a heartbreaking loss.

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