Northwest NEWS

January 8,2001

Front Page

Investigation continues in local murder

* by Becky Nixon
   Staff Reporter
   A Redmond resident was found murdered in a Woodinville home located at the intersection of Northeast 195th St. and 157th Place NE at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4.
   When the female owner of the home returned, she found the victim and called police.
   The slain man was identified as Lake Ames resident Mike Emert, a 40-year-old Windermere Real Estate agent. The Woodinville house had been listed for sale.
   According to early reports, there were no signs of forced entry.
   The homeowner said she did not know the murder victim.
   On Monday the King County medical examiner's office confirmed a weekend story that Emert had been killed by a "sharp force injury."
   The murder victim's 2000 black Cadillac Escalade SUV was missing and assumed stolen by the murder suspect. The vehicle was discovered about 8 p.m. in the Kirkland area.
   "During the early stages of the investigation, it was found the only link between the murder, Woodinville and its citizens was that the murder scene was located in the Woodinville city limits," said Woodinville Police Chief Ken Wardstrom.
   King County Sheriff's (KCSD) major crimes unit is conducting the investigation.
   Thursday and Friday King County Sheriff Department (KCSD) forensic specialists and detectives searched the home for evidence in the slaying. The home was sealed and television and news teams lined NE 195th through the night and early morning in the driving rain.
   On Friday, Jan. 5, the KCSD issued a description for a person of interest in the homicide death. A white, male in his 50s, who walks with a limp and possibly uses a cane was being sought for questioning.
   Preliminary information indicates the man was from San Francisco, but staying with friends in this area. He is believed to be a counselor, or somehow involved with that profession.
   Information about this person should be called into King County Sheriff's Office at (206) 296-3311 immediately, or 911.