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Remains of fetus found in Woodinville

shallow grave

King County Police were led to a shallow grave near the industrial buildings on Z-brick hill in downtown Woodinville where they found a stillborn fetus.

standing guard

Woodinville and King County Police officers were led to the site late Monday night by the mother of a friend of the 15-year-old Snohomish County girl. Police stood guard at the site through the night as investigators waited until daylight to examine the area.
Photos by Jeff Switzer/Woodinville Weekly.

  by Jeff Switzer
WOODINVILLE--King County Police found the remains of a stillborn fetus last Tuesday morning near NE 185th Street and 142nd Avenue NE in downtown Woodinville, after being led to the site by an area resident whose 14-year-old daughter had buried it there.
   The mother, 15, of South Snohomish County, has been cooperative with investigators, telling police she gave birth to the fetus June 20 and went to an area hospital for a checkup following post-pregnancy complications.
   The 14-year-old friend, a Woodinville resident, buried the fetus around 3:30 p.m. on June 24 and later told her mother about it. The mother then led police to the site at 10 p.m. that night.
   Officers were posted until the next morning when they could conduct their investigation in daylight.
   "We didn't want to miss something in the dark," said Jerrell Wills, King County Mediaofficer.
   Investigators were waiting until the fetus was uncovered before they attempted to contact the girl, even though it was possible she may have attempted to leave the area.
   "We wanted to be armed with some credible information and then go (to the girl). It's a potential gamble, but we have to be armed with information rather than asking open ended questions," Wills said.
   Investigators carried the remains from the site in a small, rolled tarp. The fetus was found in a very shallow grave, wrapped in a blanket which was placed in a shoe box wrapped with tissue paper. The grave was amid garbage, wood debris, makeshift tree houses and pallets dumped at the site behind the industrial park on Z-Brick Hill, some 35 feet in from the roadway serving the businesses.
   The trail is known to area youth and is used frequently as a link between the Edgewood Apartments and the industrial area.
   The medical examiner's office determined it was not a viable fetus, and that it was stillborn. The prosecutor's office has decided not to press charges for the unlawful burial of human remains.