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SKULL FOUND IN WOODS NEAR GOLD BAR IDENTIFIED
December 06, 2015
Updated 12/8/15 with new information from sheriff's office
Sandy Rideout missing person flyer from Wash. State Patrol produced years ago. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(GOLD BAR, WA.) -- The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a skull found in the woods not far from Gold Bar.
The remains were identified as belonging to a woman last seen in Whatcom County, Washington, Sandy L. Rideout. The cause and manner of death has not yet been determined.
Rideout, then 41 and a resident of Ferndale, WA, was last seen in Bellingham, Washington on April 24, 2006 but it is believed frequented the Seattle area around that time, according to the Snohomish Co. Sheriff's office.
There are no details on how she went missing. It is not yet known how her remains came to be in those woods.
Major crimes detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate with assistance from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Seattle Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit.
Detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office began investigating the discovery after the skull was found by a logger in late November in a forest near Gold Bar.
"The logger called the Sheriff’s Office the morning of Wednesday, November 25 after finding the skull while marking trees on privately-owned timber land, about five miles west of SR 2 between Gold Bar and Index," said Sheri Ireton spokeswoman for the Snohomish Count Sheriff's office.
The skull was taken into custody by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification. No other human remains were found at the site.
Detectives are looking into the circumstances of how and why the skull came to be in the area and the incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about Rideout’s whereabouts since April 24, 2006 or have any information about her death are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tipline at 425-388-3845.