EDMONDS — Police weren’t able to determine who tied a noose at an Edmonds construction site last month.
Two black workers, a man and a woman, found the noose hanging from a rafter Oct. 26 at a job site near the Point Edwards condominium project on Pine Street.
A Seattle contractor, Venture General Contracting, fired two employees for making inappropriate comments about it.
But it remained unclear who put the noose there. Detective Julie Govantes spent weeks interviewing people who might know. She could not find the answer.
On Wednesday police announced they had closed the case, for now. It can be reopened with new evidence. The incident drew wide interest as a possible hate crime, and the message implied by the noose was condemned by city officials.
Earlier this year, in April, poorly drawn swastikas were spray-painted in the city’s Westgate and Esperance neighborhoods. Racial graffiti was reported at an Edmonds elementary school in June. And a vandal painted a swastika on a car parked outside an Edmonds church in July.