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February 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Suspect in slaying of Kirkland woman in 1996 extradited from Montana

Clifford E. Reed, who was recently charged with killing a Kirkland woman in 1996, has been extradited from Montana and booked into the King County Jail,  according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Reed, 59, was arrested in December at his home in Victor, Mont. and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the slaying of Sandi Johnson, 28, who disappeared in April 1996. Her body was found eight years later.

Reed is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

Before Johnson disappeared, Reed would tell friends and neighbors that he had an active sexual relationship with her and that they would eventually marry, according to charging papers. Johnson and Reed worked at Bowen Scarff Ford in Kent at the time of her disappearance.

“In reality, Sandi did not return his affections, denied any romantic relationship, and told friends Reed needed to leave her alone,” Detective Jim Allen wrote in the charging documents.

On the day she disappeared, Johnson left her Kirkland home to run errands and meet a friend for lunch at Bellevue Square. She had told friends she planned to spend the day preparing for her son’s two birthday parties that weekend.

But she never made it to lunch, didn’t pick up her two children from a baby-sitter that evening, and didn’t make it to her son’s birthday party the next day.

Two days later, Johnson’s wallet was found in the parking lot of a Rainier Valley hardware store, 20 miles from her home. Two days after that, her station wagon was found in a grocery-store parking lot near Tukwila. Police found the keys in the ignition and Johnson’s cellphone in plain view. The car doors were unlocked.

Her skeletal remains were found in 2004 near Highway 410 in Pierce County.

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: cold case, homicide, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office


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