By Herald staff
LAKE STEVENS — Detectives investigating the June 1 drive-by shooting of Molly Conley took the unusual step Thursday evening of phoning thousands of people living in Snohomish County in hopes of shaking loose clues.
The recorded message, sent as a reverse 911 call, went to nearly 4,000 phones, said Kevin Prentiss, a bureau chief at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The full text of the message is below. You also can listen to it here.
Although the message is short, it provided a couple key details about the case. For the first time since the 15-year-old Seattle girl was killed, detectives are confirming they are looking for a dark-colored vehicle in connection with the shooting. In addition, they continue to look at other incidents involving gunfire around Lake Stevens and Marysville for potential links to Conley’s death.
Here is the message that went out Thursday:
This is an urgent message from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office!
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit as well from the Lake Stevens Police Department are currently investigating several shootings which occurred in and around Lake Stevens during the late evening hours of June 1st 2013 and the early morning hours of June 2nd 2013. This includes the Molly Conley murder investigation.
Detectives are seeking anyone who may have video of vehicles driving in the area during the hours of 9 PM June 1st through 6 AM June 2nd. Specifically detectives are looking for information about any black passenger vehicles that may now have front, passenger side damage.
If you have video, any information about such a vehicle, or any other information about the Molly Conley murder, please call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 425 388-3845
About 1,400 people answered, Prentiss said. Another 1,650 calls went to voice mail. There was no answer or the number was disconnected at nearly 900 phones.