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.
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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.