The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has issued a death certificate for Erin MacGregor nearly 23 years after she went missing, after a new DNA test has confirmed remains found in 2001 were hers.
MacGregor, 18, of Redmond, was classified as missing after her car was found in a parking lot in Columbia City in October 1990. She’d was last seen by her boyfriend weeks before at his house. Her mother, Ann Schubert, died months after MacGregor’s disappearance.
Then, in 2001, two men looking for shed deer and elk antlers by mile marker 39 off of Interstate 90 found part of a human skull and reported it to the county.
At that point, no DNA could be identified, but new technology this year was able to extract DNA from the skull and compare it with Schubert’s and determine with near certainty that the skull belonged to MacGregor. Her death certificate was issued on July 30, and her family was told the following day.
MacGregor’s death has been reclassified as suspicious, and a likely homicide.
MacGregor graduated from Redmond High School in June 1990 and had planned to attend Bellevue Community College. After she disappeared, her purse and money were found at her house, making it appear unlikely she had run away.
Anybody with information about the case should contact the King County Sheriff’s Department at 206-263-2090.