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Identity of woman found murdered in Bothell released

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bothellBOTHELL — A Bothell mother of two found dead in her home has been declared a victim of homicide.

Police were called to the Bothell home in the 200 block of 240th Street Southwest Tuesday after the woman failed to show up at work and co-workers got worried.

“When officers get there, they check the interior of the residence and find a deceased person inside. They immediately pulled out of the residence, contacted our detectives, they came up and took over the investigation,” Bothell police Sgt. Cedric Collins said.

Investigators soon arrived at the scene and brought in a mobile command center as they searched for evidence and clues as to what happened to the woman believed to be in her 30s and who was going through a divorce, according to neighbors.

“It’s pretty spooky,” neighbor Barry Sapsford said Wednesday. “It’s sad. I know she had kids. I didn’t know them that well, but I know they had kids.  She was a nice lady. It’s always sad with kids involved.”

Neighbors said the victim was the mother of two young daughters, both under 10 years old. Police said the children are safe.

Throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday, cops closed off the entire block to traffic while they tried to figure out exactly what happened.

On Friday, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the woman as Susann Smith, 37, and her cause of death was homicide.

Police said they have no suspects or motive for the killing.

Anyone with information about the crime should call Bothell police or 911.

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  • tepdallas

    I knew her through family and yes she is a very sweet and loving person that will be missed greatly and by everyone she came in contact with! We all are just beyond shock to hear that something like this would happen to such a wonderful person and mother of two young kids! I'm so sad and very upset to hear of this terrible news! I hope they find out who was involved and find out why someone would do such a thing! WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO! It's truly devastating to have this happen to someone like her. She's one of the most kind hearted, most innocent person I've ever known. This will affect so many who knew her and loved her.

  • Guest

    If she was getting divorced, it sounds like maybe the soon to be ex husband had something to do with it?? seems odd there would be a random murder like that here in Bothell and for the police NOT to notify anyone! didn't a neighbor see a car or someone leaviing??
    Those poor kids! I don't think they should be stuck in a foster home some where, they need to be with a family friend or reative!

  • Mariana

    I was one of her schoolmates and I've known her since 1989. We always got along well, she was smart, nice, goodhearted. She always helped others, she was a very good student who would always explain some maths exercise to you if you hadn't understood it. I saw her during my university studies, too, she was interested in culture, theatre, languages. She loved working with people.

    I can't tell anybody what I'm going through now. I feel devastated, shock is not the perfectly fitting term for it. I just don't get it. I sit here, look outside the window, it's like I'm looking miles and miles away into an emptiness. But the black, heavy emptiness is inside. I miss her so much. Especially the kind of death, being murdered, leaving two lovely children, is horrible.

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