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Stafford seeks help in homicide case
The Stafford Sheriff’s Office is once again seeking the public’s help in determining who killed a Washington women whose skeletal remains were found in Stafford last year.
The remains of Katherine Bryant were found Aug. 16 in the woods off the northbound off-ramp leading to Courthouse Road. The remains were discovered by a trucker who went into the woods to urinate.
Bryant was 33 when she was last seen alive in the Washington area in the summer of 2006. Sheriff’s Capt. Billy Bowler said police know her cause of death, but are not releasing that information.
According to a release issued Thursday, the ongoing investigation has showed that Bryant was a “known associate” of Murder Inc., described as one of the most notorious, violent drug organizations in Washington history. The group has been responsible for numerous murders and drug trafficking in the Washington area.
Court records describe the gang as being leaders in the Washington area’s heroin and cocaine trade in the 1980′s and 1990′s and has been tied to more than 30 murders.
Bryant’s role in the gang was not specified, but Sheriff Charles Jett said his office remains committed to solving her slaying. “This young lady is a daughter and a sister and her family deserves to know who is responsible for her death,” Jett said. “[The Sheriff's Office] is committed to finding the person or persons responsible for this terrible crime.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Todd Nosal at 540-658-4492, Detective Barry Surles at 540-658-4927 or Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020.