Last Set of Remains Linked to Green River Serial Killer Identified as Teenage Victim

The King County Sheriff’s Office in Washington state has confirmed that the last known set of remains linked to the Green River serial killer, Gary Ridgway, has been identified as those of 16-year-old Tammie Liles. Liles, who had previously been identified as a victim, was from Everett, Washington. The identification of her remains brings closure to all 49 victims attributed to Ridgway.

Ridgway, also known as the Green River killer, targeted vulnerable girls and young women, including sex workers and runaways, in the Seattle area during the 1980s and 1990s. He was arrested in 2001 after DNA technology advancements allowed investigators to link his saliva sample to semen found on several victims.

The identification of Liles’ remains was made possible through the assistance of Othram, a Texas-based genetic genealogy company specializing in forensic DNA work. The company’s in-house forensic genetic genealogy team tentatively identified Liles using a DNA profile built from the unknown victim’s remains. A DNA sample from Liles’ mother confirmed the match.

While all of Ridgway’s victims have now been identified, authorities acknowledge that there are still other unsolved cases that may be connected to him. King County Sheriff Patricia Cole-Tindall expressed gratitude for being able to provide answers to the families of Ridgway’s victims but noted that there are still parents seeking closure for the death and murder of their daughters.

Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to 48 counts of aggravated murder in the first degree in 2003 to avoid the death penalty. He remains imprisoned for life without the possibility of release at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

The identification of Liles’ remains follows the recent identification of another victim, 15-year-old Lori Anne Ratzpotnik, attributed to Ridgway. The Green River killer’s crimes began in 1982, and his arrest in 2001 marked a significant breakthrough in the investigation. Despite the identification of all known victims, there are still more unsolved cases that may or may not be connected to Ridgway.

 

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  1. It’s both heartbreaking and relieving to hear that the last set of remains linked to the Green River serial killer has been identified. The fact that it took so long to bring closure to the families affected by this heinous crime is truly tragic. It serves as a reminder of the importance of thorough investigations and the tireless efforts of law enforcement agencies. May Tammie Liles and all the victims rest in peace, and may their families find some solace in finally knowing the truth.

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