‘We never give up’: Seattle Police announce West Seattle murder ‘cold case’ closed

Just published on SPD Blotter by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee – news that a West Seattle murder case dating back to 1984 is now closed. 36-year-old Michael Vanderpool was shot and killed in an alley in Highland Park. An SPD detective reviewing cold-case files this summer – who says, “We want to make it clear to suspects, we never give up” – tracked down witnesses and determined who the killer was. Read the whole story on SPD Blotter here.

8 Replies to "'We never give up': Seattle Police announce West Seattle murder 'cold case' closed"

  • quiz September 20, 2016 (3:48 pm)

    We never give up! Except when we give up.

  • McGruff September 21, 2016 (11:09 am)

    Cold cases are notoriously difficult, so it is always a good thing when police get a break that allows them to solve.

    Hopefully one day we’ll see similar closure on the mysterious murders of Greggete Guy and Jeremy Peck.

  • ACG September 21, 2016 (12:39 pm)

    Agreed, Mc Gruff. I never knew Greggette Guy, but think of her whenever I drive that stretch of Beach Drive. Hopefully she and Mr. Peck will have their killers brought to justice soon. 

    • WSB September 21, 2016 (12:43 pm)

      Couple other unsolved West Seattle murders from recent years too … Kaari Higgins in Fauntlee Hills, Stephen Jeffries Jr. in South Delridge.

  • ACG September 21, 2016 (1:10 pm)

    Ugh. I hadn’t heard about Ms Higgins or Mr. Jeffries. Just searched for their archived stories on the blog. Those poor families deserve justice too. I hope it comes swiftly for ALL of those victims. 

  • Tamea Duckworth September 21, 2016 (3:15 pm)

    I have a friend who was murdered in 2004 and they have never found her killer, it was a heinous grizzly crime and is  horrible to think that the person who did this to her is still out there! 

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