Snohomish County detectives have identified some people they want to talk with regarding the July 11 shooting deaths of two Seattle women along a popular hiking trail on Mount Pilchuck.
Investigators have developed leads they are pursuing in the case, including identifying people they think may have important information, Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy Rich Niebusch said. He stopped short of calling the people suspects and declined to offer additional information.
Detectives have received more 225 tips on the case and some of the information has proven invaluable, Niebusch said.
Mary Cooper, 56, and Susanna Stodden, 27 were on a day hike along the Pinnacle Lake trail when they were killed. They were last seen alive at the trailhead about 10 a.m. A hiker called police about 2:20 p.m. from Gold Basin Campground after he found the slain women near the trail.
The womens van was found at the trailhead and it appears that they were not robbed, according to their family.
The sheriffs office shut down the trail to search for evidence. The trail reopened late last week and there are no plans to close it again, Niebusch said. Sheriffs deputies continue to patrol nearby campgrounds and trailheads.
Detectives have been tracking more than 100 tips that have poured in since the women were murdered.
No one has been arrested and police continue to ask anyone with information to call the tip line at 425-388-3845.