Jailed man confesses to Federal Way shooting, but police can't find a victim

KIRO-TVJuly 18, 2013 

A murder mystery with no body: a suspect, but no victim.

Federal Way police searched the wooded areas near Palisades Park with cadaver dogs last weekend, looking for a murder victim, possibly a Tacoma gang member.

While serving a drug sentence at the Clatsop County Oregon Jail last month, 21-year old Adam Christensen told a jailer he wanted to talk “about somebody I might have killed.”

Christensen told investigators that while conducting a heroin deal at Palisades Park in Federal Way in April, he shot a man in the chest – and again in the back – when the victim tried to run away.

According to court documents, Christensen believed that “after shooting him twice that he would not have survived.”

Asked whether he thought Christensen was credible, police detective Richard Kim said he did.

“In this case,” Kim said, “there is no body, but I have a suspect that’s come forward to say, ‘I’ve killed someone, or possibly shot someone.’ ” According to documents, Christensen stole the ammunition used in the murder from his father, Auburn police officer Dave Christensen.

Adam Christensen is out of the Clatsop County Jail, and behind bars at the Kent City Jail on unrelated theft and DUI charges.

As for the man he said he shot, Christensen would tell investigators only that he’s a black man in his 20s from Tacoma, possibly a member of the Hilltop Crips. And all he would say about a man who drove him to Palisades Park that night was that he was from Milton and drove a Yukon.

Kim said there are “approximately 56” Yukons in Milton and that police had checked into everyone who owns one.

If you know anything about the victim or the man who drove Christensen to Palisades Park, please call Detective Richard Kim at 253-835-6744.

The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service