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June 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Tipster claims $38,000 reward in Wenatchee beauty school slaying case

The Associated Press

WENATCHEE  — A man who wrote a letter pointing to Christopher Scott Wilson as the suspect in a Wenatchee slaying is claiming a reward of up to $38,000.

Theo A Keyes wrote a letter to police telling them that Wilson had once begun choking another girl. That led officers to take a DNA sample that linked him to the death of Mackenzie Cowell, a beauty school classmate. The body of the 17-year-old was found along the Columbia River in February 2010 near Crescent Bar. She had been struck in the head, strangled and stabbed to death.

Wilson pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a plea deal and was sentenced May 23 to 14 years in prison.

The Wenatchee World reports the 32-year-old Keyes has already received a $2,000 reward from Cowell’s mother.

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