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Remains found are not missing Olympia woman

The Olympia Police Department has issued a missing person notice for Gail Doyle, who was last seen June 2 near Martin Way East and Devoe Street Northeast.
The Olympia Police Department has issued a missing person notice for Gail Doyle, who was last seen June 2 near Martin Way East and Devoe Street Northeast. Olympia Police Department

The remains that were tentatively identified as missing Olympia woman Gail Doyle over the weekend have been determined to be from an animal, not a human, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department.

Doyle, 60, was reported missing by family members June 4, and was last seen June 2 with James E. Stidd, 66, at an Olympia bar.

Stidd told detectives they had argued about a criminal case involving Doyle’s son. Stidd said he had dropped Doyle off near Aztec Bowling on Martin Way.

A warrant for Stidd’s arrest was issued after detectives found evidence at his Longhorn Loop home. Officers found several bloody areas on the garage floor, a hammer wrapped in several blond hairs, and a pressure washer that had been purchased June 4.

Stidd is being held on second-degree murder charges and four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $2 million.

Detectives continue to search a refuse site and “all resources will be exhausted in an attempt to locate Doyle,” Thurston County Sgt. Carla Carter said in a news release Monday.

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