FEBRUARY 10, 1997

 The Edwards Agency

Local News

Man murdered in RV park

man murdered by Jeff Switzer
BOTHELL--The body of a 44-year-old man was found in his home in the Lake Pleasant RV Park last Wednesday after concerned co-workers traveled from Redmond to see what was wrong.
   Steven J. Ver Woert was found by police in his fifth-wheel-type home shortly after 1 p.m. after co-workers reported finding blood "just outside the front door," said Bothell Police Capt. Bob Woolverton.
   An autopsy on Thursday revealed Ver Woert died of trauma to his head and torso. Indications are that he died as a result of homicidal violence, according to the King County Medical Examiner's office. Neither the Medical Examiner nor the police will reveal the nature of the murder weapon.
   Detectives said they found "quite a bit" of forensic evidence in the home, and Washington State Patrol crime lab investigators were brought in to collect evidence, staying until 4 a.m. Thursday, Woolverton said. "Hopefully, analysis of the evidence will identify a suspect in this case," he said.
   Police say robbery does not appear to be the motive for the murder, and there is no sign of forced entry. They also believe Ver Woert knew the suspect and may have invited the suspect into the residence.
   Originally from the Phoenix area, Ver Woert had lived alone for the past few months at the park, located at 24025 Bothell Way SE. He had been in the area for about one year and was an employee of Sprint Communications in Redmond.
   His co-workers said Ver Woert had been to work on Tuesday. They became worried when he failed to come in Wednesday without calling ahead. Ver Woert's parents and brother were expected in from Phoenix on Thursday.
   Neighbors told detectives they heard loud noises coming from the direction of Ver Woert's home around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. One neighbor said he had looked outside, but saw nothing.