For 15 years, man’s family has waited for his killer to be found

EVERETT — Kevin Moyen just wanted to go to Alaska and make some money.

He dreamed of returning to the East Coast with a bundle of cash for his wife and kids. He hoped the hard work would help him conquer his drinking problem.

Moyen, 37, moved to Everett to start changing his life. He was slain before he got the chance.

His body was found Oct. 4, 1995, in rural Sultan. Moyen was shot multiple times, dragged away from the road and left face-down in the dirt.

Fifteen years later, no one has been convicted of his death.

An arrest and conviction would validate Kevin Moyen’s life, Sandi Moyen said last week from Cocoa, Fla.

It would prove that her brother’s death wasn’t glanced over, forgotten.

One of the two suspects in the original investigation has died in recent years, said Jim Scharf, a cold case detective with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The other suspect was released from jail in 1995, a few days after his arrest in connection with Moyen’s death. A prosecutor didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. That man is now living out of state, Scharf said.

The family hopes that with one suspect dead and one gone, those who knew Moyen and the men he was with that day will come forward with information.

Over the last 15 years, whoever killed Moyen probably mentioned it to a friend or family member, Scharf said.

Sandi Moyen and her sister, Linda Gallant, have forgiven those who killed their brother.

“We’re not the ones that’s going to punish them,” Sandi Moyen said. “We’re hoping that they can save their souls and tell the truth.”

Kevin Moyen’s sisters remember him as “Butterball,” a little brother who sang too much and spoke too little. Despite his learning disabilities, he taught himself to play guitar, Sandi Moyen said.

Once in Everett, Moyen found that seasickness kept him from being much of a fisherman. He was staying in a tent and working at a cabinet shop, saving up money to get back to his kids.

“He was sad that he drank too much, but he loved his kids and he always loved his wife,” Sandi Moyen said. “Because of his learning disabilities, he couldn’t have great jobs, but in manual labor, he worked hard.”

Detectives at the time told Moyen’s family that he was partying with the wrong people the night he was killed. They think an argument broke out when the men he was with pressed him to let them drive his car. The car was found in Everett after Moyen’s body was discovered about 25 miles away.

Linda Gallant said her brother was a quiet man who avoided confrontation.

“He didn’t deserve to die like that,” she said. “They robbed him, shot him, left him for dead, took his car. He didn’t deserve that. No one does.”

Detectives urge anyone with information about Kevin Moyen’s death to call 425-388-3941 or 425-388-3840. They believe it’s likely that a new lead could help crack the case.

Sandi Moyen shares the same hope. She worries about the killers’ souls and the burdens of their secrets on others.

“It would just be so good to know that they finally released whatever it is inside them,” she said. “We know if they tell the truth, it’s going to help them in the end.”

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