Northwest NEWS

February 12, 2001

Features

Woman's body found in car trunk

* by Jeanette Knutson
   Staff Writer
   WOODINVILLE - The Woodinville community, already skittish about the killing of Michael Emert, the 40-year-old Ames Lake man found dead with 20-plus stab wounds in a Woodinville home in early January, reels at the news of a second homicide in little over a month.
   Friday, Feb. 9, at 6:50 p.m., police discovered a body in the trunk of of a black 1994 Nissan Stanza, backed into a parking stall on the east side of the parking lot of a Woodinville athletic club in the 17700 block of the Woodinville-Snohomish Road.
   The car belonged to Elaina Boussiacos, a 27-year-old divorced Woodinville woman who disappeared without any apparent reason sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 when she was last seen in Woodinville and Monday, Feb. 5, when she was reported missing by her family. Although the body in the trunk is believed to be that of Boussiacos, police were unable to confirm that at the time this newspaper went to press.
   Medical examiners are not commenting on the condition of the body nor on the time or means of death. They did say they are treating the case as a homicide.
   Family members became suspicious when the otherwise responsible young mother failed to report to work on Feb. 5 and to collect her 9-year-old son after school that same day.
   Boussiacos also missed a morning flight to Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 3, to visit her mother.
   The Woodinville athletic club staff reported noticing the car in their lot as early as 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. Since one front tire was much smaller than the other tires, staff assumed the car had had a flat and a replacement spare was put on. It was thought the car's owner would be back to fix the car.
   When the car was still in the lot on Friday, Feb. 9, the club's owner asked a police officer who is a club member to run a license plate check on the car. The club owner was unaware police had been searching for this particular car.
   Authorities are naming no suspects and continue to question friends and acquaintances.