Police have arrested a 32-year-old Renton man in connection with the slaying of a woman whose body was found Oct. 4 near the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.
The suspect has been booked into the King County Jail on murder and drug charges, police said.
Police this morning released few details about what led to the man’s arrest other than to say it was the result of the combined efforts of homicide detectives, CSI, Technical Support Unit and SWAT. Police said members of the community helped to identify the suspect.
Detective Renee Witt told seattlepi.com the suspect is an “associate” of the victim who claims the slaying was an “accident.”
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jowanna Gooden, 26, who died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police said they believe she was killed elsewhere and her body left by the trail.
Officers were called to a stretch of trail in the 2400 block of North Northlake Way around 4:30 a.m. Oct. 4 after a passer-by called 911 to report finding Gooden’s body, police said.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said investigators “do not believe the woman was randomly targeted.”