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SEATTLE -- Authorities have released a key piece of information in the murder investigation ofWenatchee teenMcKenzie Cowell.

Cowell, 17,was last seen alive last February as she was leaving work at a hair academy in Wenatchee. Police later found her abandoned 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix parked in a rural area of Chelan County. Her purse was locked inside the car. Her body was discovered several days later along a beach at Crescent Bar.

Homicide investigators with several different city, county and state agencies were in Wenatchee for a two-day conference for investigators. In reviewing the Cowell homicide, they recommendedtheCowell Homicide Task Force distribute photographs of a knife set which the knife used in the homicide originated from.

The knife was only sold as part of a set - a sportsman cutlery set manufactured by Maxum. The knives have a unique black and grey handle, as seen in the photos.

In the Wenatchee area, the Maxum knife set was only sold at Stans Merry Mart on South Wenatchee Ave. within the last two years. Two sets were also given away at 5-T s restaurant and Lounge in East Wenatchee as a pull tab prize.

Anyone who may have found a knife from this set or who has information pertaining to or who may come in possession of a knife or knives from this set are asked to contact the Cowell Homicide Task forceatthe followingtip line at (509) 663-9911.

Investigators have interviewed several people and are still trying to locate others who may have additional information. So far, none of the interview have led to an arrest or a suspect in the case.

Crime Stoppers is offering $7,000 for information leading up to an arrest and charges in the case. The Mackenzie Cowell Benefit Trust Fund & Wenatchee Valley Citizens Against Crime Pledgesare offering $47,000 for information leading up to an arrest and prosecution of a suspect or suspects.

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