Law: Casting A Net at Green River

A serial-murder manhunt remains a study in frustration

When Waylon Nickell and Donald Seek of King County, Wash., went scavenging for aluminum cans in a ravine south of Seattle late last month, they found much & more than they had bargained for. Nestled amid the weeds and debris near the bottom of the slope was a human skull. The next day police uncovered the remains of Cindy Anne Smith, a 17-year-old King County woman who had been missing for more than three years. The grisly discovery brought to 37 the number of young women murdered in a series of slayings that has baffled police since July 15, 1982, when...

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