1979, a Dutch national, Gisbert "Ben" Kistemaker,
age 26, traveled to the United States. In New York he bought
a faded blue/white, 1968 Chevy van with New York license 690MYZ
and toured across the United States. He traveled to California
and from there his plan was to travel north along the coastal
route, through Oregon and Washington, while on his way to
visit a friend in British Columbia, Canada. It was typical
of Kistemaker to pick up hitchhikers.
22, 1979, Kistemaker's van was found abandoned near mile marker
233 on Hwy 101, in Oregon. Receipts in the van indicate the
van traveled at least as far north as the Seattle area.
25, 1979, hunters discovered Kistemaker's body in an old gravel
pit located about 3 miles from Rockport on the Rockport Cascade
Road. Death was caused by gunshot.
6, 1980, the body of an adult male, 5'4"-5'9"
tall, 40-55 years old, with short, brown hair that was receding
at the temples, was located in a shallow grave in an area
that used to be known as "Hurns Shake Mill", on
Concrete Sauk Valley Road, near Marblemount, in the eastern
area of Skagit County. The remains were wrapped in bed sheets.
The victim had no teeth but probably wore dentures. On the
right side of his pelvis were 3 Trephine holes that may
indicate that within the previous 10 years he had some sort
of bone graft. He was also wearing medical type support
hose. Because of healed damage to the victim's face, it
is possible he may have been a boxer at some time. There
is DNA on file.
|83-6211 Unsolved Missing Person
22, 1983, Christine A. Civille, a 31 year old, white, female,
5'8", 150 lbs, with long brown hair and blue eyes, was
reported to have walked away from a small boat she and her
boyfriend Jack Huxtable, aka Trosper, who now goes by Bleigh
Maze, were traveling in. They were in a small boat on the
North Fork of the Skagit River heading toward where they lived
on a house boat near Fish Town. It was reported the motor
on the small boat froze up and that Civille got off the boat
on a sand bar near the end of Landing Road with the intention
of walking to her car, and then returning home to LaConner.
The temperature at the time was between 0-10 degrees.
Civille's personal belongings, including her car keys, were
found in the area where she was reported to have been let
off the boat. It does not appear she made it to her car. Extensive
Search and Rescue efforts were unsuccessful. She has been
was reported to be wearing green overalls and boots.
|87-9340 Double Homicide
Vancuylenborg | Jay Cook
18, 1987, two Canadian citizens, Tanya Vancuylenborg (age
18) and her boyfriend, Jay Cook (age 21) left Saanich, British
Columbia, Canada via ferry to Port Angeles en route to Seattle
to pick up parts for Cook's father's business in Canada. They
were planning on returning to Canada via Interstate 5 the
were traveling in the Cook family van, a bronze, 1977 Ford
Club wagon. The two were seen in Allyn, a small town near
Port Orchard, Washington, on November 18, 1987 at about 9:30
10:15 p.m. they purchased a Bremerton to Seattle ferry ticket
at the Bremerton ferry dock for the 11:35 p.m. ferry. It does
not appear they got on the ferry.
24, 1987, Tanya's body was found along Parsons Creek Road,
between Old Hwy 99 and Prairie Road. She had been shot and
25, 1987, Cook's van was located in downtown Bellingham next
to a Greyhound bus depot. Some of Tanya's belongings were
found near a couple of taverns called Essie's and Rumors,
which are about a block from where the van was found.
26, 1987, Jay Cook's body was found near the "High"
bridge that spans the Snoqualmie River on Crescent Lake Road,
near Monroe. Cook's death is being investigated by Snohomish
County Sheriff's Office, case # 87-85329.
|92-10135 Unsolved Missing Person
21, 1992, around noon, Arlene Stewart, age 49, was known to
be at her home on Van Horn Road, just outside the town of
Concrete. She did not show up for work the following day.
Her car was at her residence. It does not appear she took
any personal belongings, clothing, etc. from her home that
would indicate she planned on being gone for an extended length
of time. Arlene has not been seen or heard from since.
93-1770 Double Homicide
and Francis Jarvis SOLVED
morning of March 15, 1993, Harry Jarvis (age 91) and his wife
Francis (age 90) were found dead in their home on West Lincoln
Street in Mount Vernon. Both died as a result of strangulation.
Entry to the home was gained through a back door and the house
had been ransacked. Among the few items that were confirmed
to have been stolen was a very unique men's wrist watch with
a band made of Ivory with gold nuggets. The watch has NOT
Advances in DNA technology have recently led to identification
of the suspect. The suspect is deceased and the case is now
evening of July 26, 1993, Donna Arrasmith was found stabbed
to death in her place of employment at the Happy Valley
Farms located in the Pier 7 Wharf building on South First
Street in LaConner. She was last seen alive at about 5:15
p.m. and discovered at about 6:00 p.m.
at the scene indicates that Arrasmith was likely confronted
by an armed assailant as she was preparing to close the
business for the day. There were several people in the area
at the time of this assault that did not see anyone unusual
in the vicinity.
case was jointly investigated by the Skagit County Sheriff's
Office and LaConner Police Department.
|97-06660 Unsolved Missing Person
19, 1997, 65 year old James Duxbury, a Canadian resident,
was reported missing from the Lake Tyee area near Concrete.
Mr. Duxbury was a long time lot owner at Lake Tyee. He was
reported to have been riding a red mountain bike on a Crown
Pacific Road, #722, also known as Cadillac Road, off the
Baker Lake Hwy. He never returned from his ride. Mr. Duxbury
was last seen wearing a yellow cap, green and blue shirt,
and blue trousers.
time of the report the Skagit County Sheriff's Office organized
a number of extensive searches both on the ground and through
the air. The Canadian Government has subsequently declared
Mr. Duxbury deceased, although his body has not been located.
following are photos of Mr. Duxbury including a picture
of his mountain bike and the shoes he was wearing at the
time of his disappearance.
morning of December 8, 1997, the body of 44 year old Vicky
Silves was discovered in the driveway of her residence in
the 4800 block of Concrete Sauk Valley Road. Her injuries
were consistent with being inflicted with an edged weapon.
County Sheriff's Office has done extensive follow-up on this
case and have interviewed dozens of potential witnesses or
people of interest. This case has also been reviewed by the
nationally recognized Vidocq Society, but remains unsolved.
21, 1998, at about 2:20 pm 30 year old Geoff Reynolds was
found by his live-in girlfriend, shot to death in his home
on Montborne Road near Big Lake.
Office investigators have followed hundreds of leads in this
case and questioned many people of interest. Mr. Reynolds
had some involvement with the local illegal drug trade and
it is likely his death is somehow connected to the risks that
lifestyle can pose.
|01-02942 Unidentified Remains/Homicide
21, 2001, the unidentified remains of a probable Hispanic
male, with black hair, between the ages of 25-50, weighing
between 125-150 lbs were discovered on Cape Horn Road, near
Rasar State Park in Birdsview. Due to items found with the
decedent, it is possible he had stayed at the Mark II motel
in Burlington, or that he had some connection there. Extensive
efforts to identify the deceased have proven futile.
The following is a reconstructive drawing and may be similar
to what the man looked like.
| 01-07532 | 02-04674 Homicide
2, 2001, 13 year old Lydia Varo-Braschler was reported to
have walked away from a relative's house in the 15000 block
of Hwy 9 in Big Lake. Lydia was visiting from Wisconsin at
the time, and was visiting family in the area. Extensive Search
and Rescue efforts were made at the time she was reported
17, 2002, Lydia's body was found over an embankment on Lake
Cavanaugh Road, about 2 miles from Hwy 9. The cause of her
death was determined to be blunt force.
| 02-17605 Homicide
22, 2002, the body of Eddie Rieckers, age 23, was found
on the shoulder of the roadway in the 46000 block of Concrete
Sauk Valley Road, which is east of the Dalles Bridge in
Rieckers had some connections to the local illegal drug
trade and it is suspected his death may somehow be related
to that high risk lifestyle. Deputies have spent literally
thousands of hours on this investigation.
| 07-01365 Unidentified Remains/Homicide
Asian, Native American, or Hispanic
January 27, 2007, human remains were discovered near the
North Fork Bridge of the Skagit River on Fir Island, in
the southern area of Skagit County.
of the remains was completed and the deceased was determined
to be: female, Asian, Native American, or Hispanic descent;
24-46 years old; 4'11"-5'4"; shoulder length dark
hair; appearing very small in stature. Teeth were also located
and examined so dental records are on file. It is believed
the time of death was approximately August-September 2006.
-Black "Faded Glory", size 10, tall jeans, rolled
up several times
-Chocolate colored "Faded Glory" sweater w/white
stripes with attached
-"Nevado" boots, US child's size 5 or women's
-"Playtex" 36B white bra
-white, nylon, control top women's brief underwear
woman was wearing the following necklace:
clay reconstruction below may give an idea of what she looked