|Decade-old murder in Woodinville may be solved, TV station reports|
|Written by Don Mann|
|Monday, 16 May 2011 10:10|
ShareThe 10-year-old cold-case murder of Mike Emert in a Woodinville house appears to have finally been solved, according to a KIRO-TV report last week, though the King County Sheriff’s Office only says it has a person of interest in the 2001 slaying of the Windermere Real Estate agent.
"The case remains open and there have been no arrests," sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said Thursday. "There is still an ongoing investigation."
But how do you arrest a dead man?
According to the report, DNA evidence from Emert’s vehicle now links former Seattle Police officer Gary Krueger to the murder of Emert, who was stabbed a reported 19 times and dragged into a bath tub while showing the property to a client before later being discovered by the homeowner of the house for sale.
Krueger, who retired from the force in 1980, was later convicted of bank robbery, and was a suspect in an attempted March 2010 Kirkland home invasion of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Craig McAllister, according to KIRO-TV.
While fleeing the scene, Krueger drowned in Lake Washington after stealing a rowboat. His body was found in September, and DNA testing matched him to evidence found in Emert’s vehicle 10 years earlier, the report said.
"That is accurate information," Urquhart said, but added that other allegations in the station’s report posted last week by investigative reporter Chris Halsne were not accurate.
He would not say which.
"I’m not at liberty to share that information," Urquhart said. "Like I said, it’s still an open investigation and we have a person of interest, which is different from a suspect."
And the person of interest is dead?
"That is correct."
According to the report, Emert’s widow Mary Beth Emert received a call from a detective in late September announcing a break in the case with a "rock solid DNA match."
The motive in the killing remains unclear – after exhaustive research the sheriff’s office could not pinpoint any enemies of Emert – but the report raises the claim that Krueger was a hired hit-man who is the prime suspect in two other unsolved murders still under investigation.
In 1981 a retired Seattle police officer was shot dead during a robbery at an Everett gas station. In 1984 a Bellevue real estate attorney was stabbed to death in his office. The KIRO-TV report alleges Krueger as the prime suspect in both murders.