WENATCHEE, Wash. - Police said they found a "fair amount" of blood in the apartment of a man charged with killing a 17-year-old Wenatchee girl.
A spokesman for the task force investigating the crime, John Kruse, said the blood was in the carpet padding at a studio apartment rented by Christopher Scott Wilson, 29. It wasn't immediately clear if the carpet above the padding had been replaced, he said, nor is it certain the blood is human.
Wilson was arrested last week and 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.
Court documents filed this week indicated several people contacted police with concerns about Wilson after Cowell disappeared.
One person wrote a letter to police in August claiming Wilson had an "obsession with death, dead bodies and serial killers" and once tried to choke a female friend.
A woman who was a student at the Academy of Hair Design with Wilson said he told her he "liked to cut people up" when he was working at funeral homes. Investigators said Wilson worked at several funeral homes in the Wenatchee area.
One funeral home owner, Rick Phillips of Telford's Chapel of the Valley, told The Wenatchee World that Wilson worked for him as an embalmer in 2004. He was generally a good employee, Phillips said, but after a few months "some things started to take place, and we let him go. I started becoming uncomfortable, but he didn't do anything real bad."
Phillips declined to be more specific.
Some of Wilson's friends told the paper he is funny, kind and caring.
"He's not this dark, sinister character like he's being portrayed to be," said Danika Steven of Seattle, a former Wenatchee resident. "He is not a gothic blood monster."
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.