WENATCHEE — Investigators say blood found in the apartment of the man charged in the murder of Mackenzie Cowell has been identified as Cowell's blood.
The Wenatchee World reports that The Cowell Homicide Task Force said in a news release that blood submitted to the State Patrol Crime Lab in Cheney came from Christopher Wilson’s apartment in Wenatchee.
A spokesman for the task force investigating the crime, John Kruse, said the blood was found earlier this month in the carpet padding at a studio apartment rented by Wilson, 29.
Wilson is being held on $1 million bail in the February slaying of beauty school classmate Mackenzie Cowell. Police said he may have had romantic feelings for her, and that his DNA was found on a piece of duct tape at Crescent Bar, on the shore of the Columbia River.
Investigators also found blood spatter and smears in the stairwell of a basement apartment below a salon owned by the suspect's mother. Wilson spent some nights staying in the basement apartment as well as the studio, police said.
Cowell, 17, disappeared Feb. 9 after leaving the Academy of Hair Design where she and Wilson were students. Her car was found abandoned in Pitcher Canyon in the Squilchuck area later that night. Her body was found along the shoreline at Crescent Bar on Feb. 13.
She had been strangled, stabbed in the neck and struck in the head.