Body found in north Spokane County woods

SPOKANE — A Spokane County sheriff’s spokesman says investigators searching for a missing teen have found a body buried in a heavily wooded area in the northern part of the county.

Acting on a tip, law enforcement officers from both Spokane County and Whitman County searched the area Wednesday.

The Spokesman Review said the Spokane County medical examiner’s office will identify the body. Deputy Craig Chamberlin announced the find.

Officers are looking for 17-year-old Donavin Stapert, who has been missing since March 8. He was last seen at a home in the Whitman County town of Malden.

Three people have been arrested in the case. Authorities believe Stapert died on or about March 7 at a Malden home and his body was moved to another location.

More in Local News

Mukilteo crabber missing; his boat was found at Hat Island

Frank Urbick set out Thursday morning but did not return.

Police looking for leads in case of missing Snohomish man

Henry John Groeneveld, 63, was last seen on Monday, when he said something about going to “the river.”

Separate Everett fires send man to hospital, damage boat

The man was hospitalized for smoke inhalation from the early morning fire.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Drive-by shooting reported in Marysville neighborhood

Police said there was no evidence to indicate it was targeted at a specific person or property.

Celebrating the origins of Christmas

LDS church holds annual nativity festival featuring more than 600 sets.

Trooper’s car struck when he was arresting man for DUI

She drove away but was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Man, 29, injured by shots fired at Everett thrift store

The gunfire followed an argument in the parking lot of Value Village on Evergreen Way.

Most Read