By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
MONROE — As the family and friends of a slain Monroe woman gathered Saturday to remember her life, detectives continued to hunt for her killer.
Three weeks ago Angela Pettifer was found dead in her downtown Monroe apartment. The mother of two had been strangled. No arrests have been made in the killing.
“I’m confident we’ll be able to find out who did this,” Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said.
Investigators initially asked for tips from the public to try to trace Pettifer’s footsteps in the hours leading up to her death. Detectives have since been able to piece together quite a bit of what happened that night, Willis said.
Pettifer, 36, had been out with her father Aug. 14 in downtown Monroe. The two separated and he took a cab home, Pettifer’s sister, Cindy Hartzell, said.
No one had heard from Pettifer by morning. The father of her 14-year-old son went to check on her. He found her unresponsive and summoned help. Pettifer was killed in her apartment, police said.
It’s unclear how she crossed paths with her killer.
Pettifer had moved to Monroe from Kirkland about a year before to make a fresh start. She’d been severely beaten by a boyfriend in 2008. Hartzell said she brought her sister to Monroe in hopes of keeping her safe.
Pettifer lived with her sister for awhile until she found her own place. She found a job as a waitress at the Red Robin in Monroe and quickly made friends.
Pettifer “had a wonderful heart, a catching smile and a great sense of humor,” her family wrote in her obituary.
She loved spending time with her son and daughter, 7. “She cherished her children the most in life and was very proud of them,” her family wrote.
Monroe police have interviewed several people and are following up on tips and leads, Willis said. Investigators continue to interview people, she said.
“We’re working very hard and other agencies are assisting us,” Willis said. “She is a victim. Her family needs that closure.”
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.