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March 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Husband arrested in ’06 slaying of Lynnwood woman

Nicole Pietz

The husband of a Lynnwood-area woman who was strangled in 2006 was booked into the King County Jail this morning in connection with her slaying.

King County sheriff’s detectives say that for more than six years, Martin David Pietz has been the key person of interest in their investigation into the death of his wife, Nicole Pietz, 32. He has always denied any culpability, authorities said. He hired a lawyer shortly after his wife’s disappearance.

He is being held without bail.

Nicole Pietz was reported missing on Jan. 29, 2006, after she had failed to show up for several scheduled appointments the day before. A graduate of Lake Washington High School, she worked at a Bothell Cingular Wireless store before her death.

Eight days later, her nude body was found in Burien, two blocks west of South 144th Street and Des Moines Memorial Drive South. Her Volkswagen Jetta was later found in Seattle’s University District.

Nicole Pietz’s family and CrimeStoppers offered a joint $26,000 reward for information in connection with her homicide. Nicole Pietz’s family has been outspoken in their push for finding her killer.

Gael Schneider, Nicole Pietz’s mother, said today that she is “so elated that they finally arrested him.”

“It could not have been anyone else. I couldn’t believe they didn’t make an arrest sooner,” said Schneider, speaking from her home in Surprise, Ariz.

Detectives said they have kept an extra close eye on Martin Pietz since 2006. The 34-year-old man manages a Chase Bank Branch in Kirkland, according to his Facebook page.

Since his wife’s death, Martin Pietz has twice been cited with driving with a suspended license and once for negligent driving. According to a criminal records search, he pleaded guilty to negligent driving in Snohomish County and was given a suspended jail sentence.

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