Abducted Kennewick woman found dead

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Sandra Harris (From Kennewick Police Department)

KENNEWICK, Wash. — The Benton County Sheriff confirms that a woman forced from her home Friday is dead.

On Sunday morning a driver spotted 69-year-old Sandra Harris’ body on the side of Coffin Road, less than 20 miles from Kennewick.  It is still unclear how she died.


Kennewick police say 69-year-old Sandra Harris was kidnapped Friday by someone she knew. Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin said an abductor then used Harris’ cellphone to call her husband to demand an undisclosed amount of money in exchange for her return.

Law enforcement contacted the kidnapper and negotiated for several hours, ultimately agreeing to pay the ransom.

Late Friday night a SWAT team arrested 49-year-old Theresa Wiltse, on suspicion of kidnapping. But Wiltse was alone, and law enforcement spent more than 24 hours searching for Harris.

Wiltse is being held without bond. It was not immediately clear if she had retained an attorney.

Investigators are working with the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab to process the suspect’s vehicle.

Anyone with information related to this case in encouraged to contact the Kennewick Police Department at 509-628-0333 or Crime Stoppers @ 509 586-8477 16-39547

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