Snohomish cold case detectives ID missing woman 41 years after Lake Loma disappearance

Jun 16, 2022, 1:33 PM | Updated: Jun 20, 2022, 9:30 am
Alice Lou Williams (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)
(Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

Snohomish County Sheriff’s detectives have matched skeletal remains found in Skykomish to a missing person case dating back to 1981.

In 2009, US Forest Service surveyors found a partial human cranium in a ravine on Beckler Road. No other remains were discovered to help identification.

The lack of human remains made the inference of basic facts about the deceased near impossible: detectives could only gather the partial cranium belonged to a woman in her 40s.

The FBI performed extensive genetic testing on the remains to no avail.

State Supreme Court to examine overturned conviction of 1987 cold-case double murder

In 2017, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Detective tapped the DNA Doe Project to build a DNA profile of the deceased, again to limited success. Detectives tried again in 2019 with DNA Solutions, a laboratory in Oklahoma City, for microarray DNA testing. The remains were insufficient to create a genetic profile.

In March 2022, Othram, Inc. in The Woodlands, Texas, was able to extract enough DNA to allow detectives to match the remains against genealogical histories. GEDmatch, along with Family Tree DNA/ Gene by Gene, was used to match the remains to several families.

Detectives discovered that Alice Lou Williams was a close genetic match, a woman reported missing under suspicious circumstances from her Lake Loma recreational cabin in July 1981.

On June 10, 2022, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Matt Lacy officially identified Alice Lou Williams and classified her death as a homicide.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at (425) 388-3845.

Local News

fatal shooting...
KIRO 7 News Staff

Tacoma police respond to fatal shooting of teen at apartment complex

Tacoma police are responding to a fatal shooting at an apartment complex on Wednesday, according to the Tacoma Police Department.
18 hours ago
Associated Press

Starbucks leader grilled by Senate over anti-union actions

Longtime Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz faced sharp questioning Wednesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
18 hours ago
paid sick and safe time...
Frank Sumrall

Paid sick, safe time now permanent for Seattle app-based workers

Seattle became the first city in the nation to implement permanent paid sick and safe time benefits for app-based gig workers.
18 hours ago
Micki Gamez

Transit agencies awarded funds to support safety, delivery measures

The federal government awarded Sound Transit and Seattle's Department of Transportation (SDOT) $2 million each in grant funds.
18 hours ago
Fremont cannabis...
L.B. Gilbert

Thieves drive car into front of Fremont cannabis shop

Seattle Police Department officers responded to a call that three men had broken into a cannabis dispensary in Fremont.
18 hours ago
aggressive owl...
Frank Sumrall

Aggressive owl wreaking havoc in local Whidbey park

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation believes this owl is a great horned owl, and provided a map of its presumed location.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.
Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.
SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!
safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Snohomish cold case detectives ID missing woman 41 years after Lake Loma disappearance