A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy searching for the owner of an abandoned SUV found a woman dead in her Key Peninsula home earlier this week, and detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.
The deputy discovered the woman’s body about 12:45 p.m. Monday in a house in the 14100 block of 144th Street KPN, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Wednesday. The area is northwest of Gig Harbor.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office reported the 69-year-old woman had been stabbed to death. Her name was not immediately released.
No arrests have been made.
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“We’ve ramped up our homicide team,” Troyer said. “People who live in that area should expect knocks on their doors.”
The case began when a patrol deputy found a Ford Explorer parked in the 19400 block of 144th Street KPN, Troyer said.
Thinking the Explorer might be stolen, the deputy used license-plate information to trace the registered owner to the woman’s home, Troyer said.
The house is at the end of a dirt drive, and the landscaping and other vegetation surrounding it is overgrown, he said.
The deputy noticed a light was on inside, went in to perform what Troyer called a “safety check” and found the woman’s body. She’d been dead for some time, he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477). A reward is available for information that leads to someone being arrested and charged.