Police hunt for clues in Monroe homicide

  • Mon Mar 19th, 2012 8:25pm
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By Rikki King Herald Writer

MONROE — Police are searching for clues after the weekend slaying of a Monroe woman.

Jacqueline A. Rothenbuhler, 59, died from a cut to her neck, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

Rothenbuhler was found dead about 4 a.m. Sunday in the back yard of a home in the 400 block of W. Maple Street, south of U.S. 2. She is believed to have been living there.

Rothenbuhler last was reported seen about 5:30 p.m. at the house, Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said Monday.

Detectives as of early Monday evening had not identified any suspects, Willis said.

They have interviewed the woman’s boyfriend, who owns the house, and his adult son, who stays there occasionally, Willis said. Police were told that the son’s girlfriend found Rothenbuhler’s body.

“Anybody that so far has been involved (in the case) has been cooperative,” Willis said Monday.

It’s not yet clear whether Rothenbuhler knew her attacker, Willis said.

Police since have served search warrants on the house and the vehicles that were parked there, Willis said.

They were looking for any tools or weapons that may have been used in the killing, she said. A police dog searched the area after the body was reported but didn’t find anything significant.

Detectives on Monday evening remained at the house gathering evidence. They also were conducting interviews with potential witnesses, Willis said.

“We’re still early into this investigation, and we’re getting all the pieces together,” Willis said.

Rothenbuhler had a brush with the law in January 2009, when she was accused of stealing from a vacant house in Monroe.

She entered a diversion program and had a review hearing set for July, court records show.

Anyone who had contact with Rothenbuhler or has information about her death, is asked to call the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300. Anonymous information also may be left on the department’s tip line at 360-863-4600.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.