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Remains of Redmond teen missing 24 years finally identified

erin macgregorSEATTLE — DNA taken from a partial skull found in 2001 near milepost 39 on Interstate 90 has been positively identified as the remains of Erin MacGregor, an 18-year-old who disappeared after leaving her Redmond home on Sept. 19, 1990.

King County Major Crimes detectives said Bode Technologies, the same lab that linked Albert DeSalvo to the last Boston Strangler victim, made the breakthrough. And it was DNA taken from MacGregor’s mother that proved to be the crucial key.

“We were able to get with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office and get some DNA from her autopsy. We sent that to Bode Technologies and they were able to compare the DNA from mom with the partial cranium that they had and they were able to give us firm numbers,” King County Sheriff’s detective Jason Stanley said.

Those numbers positively identified MacGregor, and last month the King County Medical Examiner’s Office issued a death certificate.

“Now, it’s not a missing person’s case anymore, this is a case where it’s most likely a homicide,” Stanley said.

Erin’s sister, Aimee MacGregor, was 16 when she disappeared. Aimee said she is relieved to know for sure that she’s gone because it does bring some closure. “My heart was pounding. I actually had made peace that I would never hear anything,” she said.

Detectives still don’t know how MacGregor died, but they are now a step closer to solving her case.

“Somebody’s got to know something and whether it’s a friend who runs in the same circle or whether its somebody who saw something on the night in Sept. 19, 1990, somebody has to know something. We’re really reaching out and asking people to give us a hand,” Stanley said.

If you have any information about Erin MacGregor, call the King County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit at 206-263-2090 or you can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

4 comments

  • Brett

    I've been following Erin's case since it happened in 1990. So sad that it went cold for the longest time until now. My thoughts and prayers go out to her sister, dad, and the rest of her family. And I really urge David Rose to have King County Police release more details about the case (and accurate details as Erin's NamUs profile has incorrect info listed, such as her car,) for the public's help with hope that it can solved and Erin can have some justice. And… a big thanks to Q13Fox News for keeping the public informed about Erin's case.

  • Diane

    Really? What difference does one year make? I find it sad that the only comment that was posted was pointing out someones math mistake. How about condolences for her family? Or how about a note of hope that they will catch her killer? This is my cousins daughter. Have some respect. If their math inaccuracies bother you that much, write something constructive to their media center, not here.

  • Sally

    Diane, I hope your family has found some measure of peace from this news. I've been following this case on another website and hope that it gets more attention now that it is likely a homicide. So much about this case is puzzling, beginning with the question of why anyone would have wanted to harm Erin in the first place.

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