EVERETT — A person of interest in a Bothell cold case homicide has been located by detectives.
Richard “Rick” Nelson, 43, contacted Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives Friday, within hours of a public alert that police hoped to talk with him about the death of Michael Powell, of Mill Creek.
Skeletal remains believed to be those of Powell were found May 22 buried in a back yard in the 19900 block of 8th Ave SE, north of Bothell.
Powell hadn’t been in touch with family since the early 1990s. At the time he was in his early 30s.
Civil court records suggest Nelson’s mother lived at a split-level house in the neighborhood in the ’90s.
Nelson reportedly once confided to his then-wife that he’d buried a man’s body in a yard at a family home, but claimed he didn’t carry out the killing, according to a story the spouse recounted in divorce papers in late 2018.
Shortly after Nelson was located, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said Nelson had not been arrested and he was still considered a person of interest, not a suspect. No other updates were made public Friday.