A memorial of flowers and candles is growing over the culvert on Cedar Way at 244th Street Southwest.
It’s the place where a body was found Sunday. Tuesday, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner confirmed it was that of Cheryl DeBoer, a 53-year-old woman who was last heard from Monday, Feb. 8 on her way to work.
The cause and manner of her death have not yet been released, “pending further investigation.” However, on Tuesday, investigators revealed small cuts were found on DeBoer’s fingers. They appear to be self-inflicted.
Monday night, Mountlake Terrace Police confirmed blood was found in DeBoer’s car. Her family is cooperating with investigators and her husband has been ruled out as a person of interest. He took a polygraph on Friday.
Mountlake Terrace detectives continue to investigate this case as a homicide. However, other possible causes of death are also being investigated.
A number of search warrants have been executed and a significant amount of evidence has been collected, some of which are pending lab and forensic analysis.
“We have dedicated all of our resources to this investigation,” Mountlake Terrace police spokesman Commander Kevin Pickard said.
DeBoer’s death is an event that has the community shaken up, but city officials are confident in the Mountlake Terrace Police Department’s investigation.
“While the city recognizes the community’s desire for more information related to DeBoer, the integrity of the investigation must be maintained while leads are followed,” city spokeswoman Penny Merkley said in a press release. “It can take a great deal of time to gather and review evidence, as well as interview witnesses.”
In the meantime, Mountlake Terrace police will continue proactive patrols in and around the transit center and encourage the public to report any suspicious activity.
The Mountlake Terrace Police Department has been saying they don’t believe there is a public safety concern. However, Chief of Police Greg Wilson has the following safety tips for residents:
Look: Look around and keep your head up. Do you see someone or something strange or out of place? If so, call 911 and report it. Select parking spaces in well-lighted areas if possible and avoid parking in remote areas if you can.
Listen: Don’t walk around with headphones on. Pay attention to your surroundings and what you hear.
Sense: If something just doesn’t seem right, it may not be. Trust your “gut feeling” and take steps to remain safe.
Act: Walk with confidence and with purpose. Carry your keys and use the alarm/panic button to attract attention. Be direct when confronting unwanted advances; and let family and friends know your whereabouts and/or if you will be late.