UNSOLVED MURDER: 10 years after Kaari Higgins was killed in Fauntlee Hills, daughter hopes ‘somebody knows something’

Kaari Higgins died 10 years ago today, the victim of one of West Seattle’s unsolved murders.

One of her two children, now a grown woman, continues trying to find justice for her mom. Lindsay Higgins asked that we publish her plea:

Kaari Higgins was found brutally beaten in her Fauntlee Hills home on December 31st, 2010, and succumbed to her injuries one week later on January 7th, 2011. The attack occurred sometime between 6 am and noon on that New Year’s Eve. On the 10th anniversary of her death, I want to remind the West Seattle community of this unsolved homicide. I was 12 at the time, and now that I am older I still hope to find answers.

Unfortunately, my mom’s case was not widely covered in the media, but there were a few articles published. This Seattle PI story most accurately reported the key details surrounding the case:

It was a few minutes past noon on New Year’s Eve 2010 when a medic dispatcher received a call about a woman unresponsive in West Seattle.

“There’s someone unconscious bleeding from the mouth, face down on the floor in the hallway,” a man said, directing medics to the 4000 block of Southwest Concord Street.

Homicide detectives were unaware of Higgins’ case until after her death – more than a week after her injuries were reported. It was only when her body was examined that investigators realized that it was unlikely her injuries came from a simple fall.

Police say Higgins had a split lip, two black eyes, a bruise on her lower left back, a bruise on her shoulders and a fractured bone. Investigators think she was beaten that New Year’s Eve – her 47th birthday.

I hope that somebody knows something, and that this post might trigger a memory. I urge anyone with possible information or tips on Kaari’s death to contact SPD’s Homicide Tip Line: 206-233-5000.

We reported on Ms. Higgins’s death in 2012, after SPD brought the case to light via a list of unsolved murders.

9 Replies to "UNSOLVED MURDER: 10 years after Kaari Higgins was killed in Fauntlee Hills, daughter hopes 'somebody knows something'"

  • BBILL January 7, 2021 (5:33 pm)

    Unfortunately SPD’s “Catch a Killer” page is no longer valid.

    • WSB January 7, 2021 (5:48 pm)

      I know, nothing I can do about that, websites overhaul and too often either dump pages or don’t redirect.

  • Lisa January 7, 2021 (9:34 pm)

    Lindsay – thank you for reaching out to WSB, this is a case I had never heard before.  There was another woman, who’s body was found down off Me Kwa Mooks around the same time frame…  present time, also crickets.  Websleuths has a little bit on the latter.  Sending white light and love to you and praying for an outcome you can live with.  

  • Jamie January 7, 2021 (9:46 pm)

    Here is the Internet Archive’s copy from July 7 2012:https://web.archive.org/web/20120707033652/http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/catch-a-killer/

  • Kylene January 8, 2021 (12:50 am)

    Lindsey, I think of you and your mother often.   Your mother loved you and your brother so much.   You were in my Four-Day Arbor Heights Co-op Preschool class.  I still have some of the stories you dictated about how much you loved your family.  I hope you find your answer.  Wishing you the very best.  Teacher Kylene

    • Lindsay Higgins January 11, 2021 (11:53 am)

      Thank you, Teacher Kylene. I still remember sitting down with you and making those stories. It is such a clear and fond memory that I have from that time. 

  • MS January 8, 2021 (9:44 am)

    As a mother I am so proud of of this young lady taken this matter into her own hands to find out whatever she can to find out what happened to her mother and as a mother I know she’s up in heaven pointing down at you saying THATS MY DAUGHTER IM SOOOO PROUD OF HER I pray you find your answers bless you all!!!

    • Craig Higgins January 8, 2021 (11:13 am)

      Thank you, MS.  As Lindsay’s dad I can tell you that Kaari would have every reason to be proud of all Lindsay has accomplished, despite having this burden to bear.  

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