Cheryl DeBoer case: Medical examiner waiting for test results before determining cause of death

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Cheryl DeBoer (Family photo via Mountlake Terrace Police Dept.)

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. — Police say they don’t have any new details to release in the investigation into the death of 53-year-old Cheryl DeBoer, who was missing for several days before her body was discovered by search teams in a culvert.

Detectives said the Snohomish County medical examiner performed an autopsy last week, and found small cuts on two of DeBoer’s fingers that appear to be self-inflicted.

The medical examiner says it will be several more weeks until they receive the toxicology report which will help them determine the cause and manner of death.

Detectives said they’re still investigating the case as a homicide, but that other causes of death are also being investigated.

DeBoer’s body was found in a culvert on Cedar Way and 244th Street SW on Feb. 14. It’s less than two miles from where police found her car, near the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

Police later said what appeared to be blood was found on the passenger seat and inside the passenger door of her Subaru.

Detectives have ruled out her husband as a person of interest.

Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can help identify and arrest a suspect. Call an anonymous tip into 1-800-222-TIPS.

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