Last Remains Of Serial Killer’s Victim Identified

Although detectives have identified a teen from Washington State as the final known victim of the Green River Killer, they are not ruling out the possibility of further unsolved crimes involving the notorious killer.

According to the King’s County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), the remains were positively identified as those of Tammie Liles, a resident of Everett. The missing teeth and bones were initially found in 2003 when serial killer Gary Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, led authorities to the location where he said he had dumped a body.

Authorities dubbed the bones “Bones 20” as no quick identification was possible.

The statement said that in the autumn of 2022, the KCSO hired the Othram lab in Texas to use forensic genetics genealogical testing to create a DNA profile from the bones.

A DNA sample from the teen’s living mother later verified the lab’s first preliminary identification of the remains as Liles, which occurred in August 2023.

In June 1983, Liles, who was just sixteen years old at the time, went missing from downtown Seattle.

Dental data helped determine that she was one of two female bodies discovered in 1985 in Tigard, Oregon, and none of them had been previously recognized.

According to the KCSO, she has been thought of as a possible victim of Ridgway since 1988. Liles’ family does not want to talk to the press.

Ridgway, who is currently 74 years old, choked hundreds of innocent girls and women in the Seattle region in the ’80s and ’90s.

Several years passed with him as a leading suspect in the Green River murders, so called because the river was the site of the initial victim discovery, before DNA evidence finally connected him to the crime wave in 2001, as reported by the news source.

In the end, he entered guilty pleas on 49 first-degree murder charges, including those about the death of the lady referred to as “Bones 20” at the time of her arrest.

The Washington State Penitentiary has a life sentence without the chance of release for Ridgway.

Just one month ago, 15-year-old Lori Anne Rotzpotnik was identified as the second-to-last unidentified victim in the Green River case by officials.

According to Dave Reichert of the sheriff’s office, other casualties may have yet to be identified.