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Murder: New information on woman found dead below Interlaken Park — UPDATE

Seattle Police are continuing to investigate the murder of a woman found dead in the wooded area below Interlaken Park behind a Montlake home last week.

Investigators have identified the woman as Necia Mckendrick. The King County Medical Examiner says the 45-year-old was killed about a week before her body was found on the afternoon of Sunday, May 30th in a small stream below the park by a homeowner who called 911 about the sad discovery.

Investigators have determined McKendrick died of “multiple blunt force injuries” around May 23rd.

It is not clear where McKendrick was killed. Police say the on-scene investigation yielded “no obvious information about the circumstance that led to the death” due to the condition of the body and the location in the area of the small, muddy stream.

The site is near E Interlaken Blvd that winds through the park — a popular route for walkers and bicyclists that is closed to motor vehicles.

CHS has not confirmed where around the area Mckendrick was living. A loved one posted to reddit saying the family hails from San Antonio, Texas and that Mckendrick had been selling her art on the street on Capitol Hill.

SPD is asking anyone with information about the case to call its Violent Crimes tip line at 206-233-5000.

UPDATE 6/8/21 12:30 PM: Police were back at the park Tuesday morning collecting evidence in the wooded area where Mckendrick’s body was found. A buzzing drone could be heard flying through the tree canopy and capturing images from above. The walking and bicycling boulevard was also closed during the effort as a Seattle Parks crew was also doing tree maintenance in the area at the time. Tukwila Police personnel were on hand to provide support for the unmanned aerial vehicle work.


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