Monroe police trying to solve murder mystery

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 17 at 6:28 PM

MONROE, Wash. -  Police are hoping to find more clues in the mysterious death of a Monroe woman.

Angela Pettifer, 36, was found strangled in her downtown apartment on Sunday. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner ruled Pettifer's death a homicide.

The body was discovered by an ex-boyfriend who told police he found Pettifer's body after he went to her apartment to check in on her.

The Monroe Police Department has confirmed that Angela Pettifer was with her father, Thomas "Mike" Pettifer, age 60 of Shoreline, in the downtown area of Monroe on Saturday, August 14. "Mike" Pettifer is fully cooperating with investigators. He is not considered a suspect.

Pettifer was last seen Saturday night in the downtown Monroe area at a restaurant she frequents.

"This is not something we see very often in this town," said Debbie Willis, spokeswoman for the Monroe Police Department. "We are hoping that  someone will step forward with information. We want to know who she may have been with before she was murdered."

Willis said Pettifer has no criminal history in Monroe and appeared to be well-liked in the community, working as a waitress at the Red Robin Restaurant. She has a sister and a father who live locally.

"We have all three of our detectives working this case," said Willis.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen "Mike" or Angela Pettifer Saturday evening to call the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300. Anonymous information may be left on the Department's tip line at 360-863-4600.

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