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Man found dead in home near Woodinville

A man  believed to be his 70s was found Friday in his home by his adult daughter in the 15000 block of NE 192nd Street outside Woodinville. King County sheriff’s deputies called it a “suspicious death.”

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WOODINVILLE — The family of a murder victim pleads for help in solving the crime.

COSSEYOver a month after Earl Cossey’s brutal murder in Woodinville, his son Wayland still doesn’t know exactly what happened to his dad.

Cossey said, “We’re hoping for closure and we have not received any. There are more questions than answers at this point and that’s hard to deal with as a family member.”

Cossey, a professional sky diver, packed the parachute for authorities that was given to famed hijacker D.B. Cooper and used to escape an airliner midflight more than 40 years ago.

Detectives believe his murder has nothing to do with the Cooper hijacking but they are curious about some evidence that surfaced shortly after the murder. Cossey’s driver’s license and credit cards were taken during the murder but mailed back to the family.

Detective Jake Pavlovich from the King County Sheriff’s Office said, “I believe that the ID and credit cards were taken during the commission of the crime, subsequently dropped, and then found and mailed back to his home anonymously.”

Detectives hope the Good Samaritan who found and returned those items will help them one more time.

Detective Pavlovich said, “They were dropped somewhere. Whoever found them mailed them back anonymously and I would love to know where it was they found them. There might be video evidence or other people that witnessed it.”

Investigators are working a number of active leads but say this information could provide a major break.

The family just wants to find the person who took their father from them.

Wayland Cossey said, “He didn’t deserve this and those that did this deserve to be brought to justice. It would give our family great peace to know that.”

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05/30/13

Family of murder victim asks for help

CooperSEATTLE — The son of murder victim Earl Cossey will speak with the media Thursday and ask for the public’s help in the death of his father.

Cossey, 71, was found dead in his home in late April. King County investigators searched the home and surrounding area for hours looking for clues.

There is a significant reward being offered for information that leads to an arrest. If you know anything about this homicide, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

WOODINVILLE, Wash. — Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the “good Samaritan” who mailed a murder victim’s drivers’ license, credit cards and casino gaming cards back to his house days after he was found murdered to come forward.

cossey2Earl Jay Cossey’s body was found in early May at his home in the 15000 block of NE 192nd Street outside Woodinville by his adult daughter. Since his body was found, family members forwarded Cossey’s mail to a relative’s house. The relative has since received an envelope containing Cossey’s identification and credit cards.

Detectives believe the items were inadvertently found by someone and then mailed directly to Cossey’s address.

Cossey was somewhat connected to mysterious fugitive D.B. Cooper, and King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said she’s had many media calls asking if this case is related to the hijacking/parachuting case.

“We have no information that leads us to believe that this case has any relation to the Cooper case,” she said.

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Earl Jay Cossey, 71, was found slain in his Woodinville home April 26. (Photo released by King County Sheriff’s Office)

WOODINVILLE – Earl Jay Cossey, 71, whose body was found in his home last Friday, died of a blunt-force blow to his head, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday.

King County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in the investigation.

Cossey was found dead in his home around 5:30 p.m. Friday by family members who went to check on him when they had not been able to reach him for a few days.

Family members last saw him alive late Monday, April 22.

Detectives are asking anyone who had contact with Cossey between Monday, April 22, and Friday, April 26, or knows who he associated with, to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311. This line is open 24 hours a day.

Additionally Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this crime.  In order to receive the reward you must call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Neighbors Jill Comsa and Jerry Saunders say Cossey used to teach at nearby Leota Junior High.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said she’s had many media calls asking if this case is related to the DB Cooper hijacking/parachuting case.  “We have no information that leads us to believe that this case has any relation to the Cooper case,” she said.

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WOODINVILLE – The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide outside of Woodinville.

Friday afternoon a woman found her father;s body in his home and now the entire property has been sealed off as a crime scene.

Sgt Katie Larson said “We want to look everywhere, so we’re going to be looking inside the house, in the yard, in the woods.  Because certainly we don’t want to find out something down the road that we may have missed.”

The home belongs to 71 year-old, Earl Cossey.  Neighbors Jill Comsa and Jerry Saunders say he used to teach at nearby Leota Junior High.

“The children that he taught, they all really respected him and liked him. He was good,” Comsa said.

Saunders said, “This was a shock to us because this doesn’t happen in a neighborhood like this.”

But like most others in the area, this community has seen it’s share of property crime this year.  Police say there have been 20 home burglaries in the area.

Comsa said, “It has changed the way we lock our doors. Yes. We close our garage door.”

The King County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning to nearby residents. “This is a very quiet area,” Sergeant Larson said. “And, I would just at this particular point just tell the residents use prudence. Use caution.”

As for Cossey’s connection to the infamous DB Cooper plane hijacking of 1971 – ?  A local sky diver at the time, Cossey packed the parachutes used on the plane. When another media outlet asked about that possibly being related, the King County Sheriff Sergeant smiled, but said  that’s “A big leap.”

WOODINVILLE — A woman told King County sheriff’s deputies she discovered her elderly father dead in his home Friday, and detectives to label his “suspicious death” a crime scene, Sgt. Cindi West said.

homeThe man who was believed to be his 70s was found in the home in the 15000 block of NE 192nd Street outside Woodinville.

Around 5:30 p.m., an adult woman found her father’s body inside the home, West said.

This is a developing story and more information will be posted as it becomes available.

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