Cold case. Suspect identified in 2019 (48 years after the crime) through DNA forensics. November 2020, Terrence Miller took his own life during jury deliberations and was convicted posthumously.
Can you solve this Mill Creek cold case? By Casey McNerthney on May 28, 2010
On Aug. 23, 1972, Jody Loomis was found near death in a patch of woods in what's now Mill Creek. Though the couple who found her tried to rush Loomis to a hospital, she died on the way.
Loomis' case is featured this weekend on "Washington's Most Wanted," the Q13 Fox show that has helped capture 126 fugitives.
Detective Jim Scharf said Loomis was riding her white 10-speed bike to get to a stable where she kept her horse. Police say they have a DNA profile of her killer, but haven't found a match. That's what they hope someone from the public will help them find.
"I will never give up hope in wondering that someone might have any clue," Loomis' sister, Jana Loomis-Smith, told Lewis. "It could be the piece that helps hook it all together."
Detectives hope answers to cold cases lie in a deck of cards
By Diana Hefley, Herald Writer Sunday, May 25, 2008
Her mother reminded Jody to take a dime to call home if she was going to be late. Loomis, 20, planned to ride her bicycle from her Mill Creek-area home to the pasture where her horse Saudi was boarded.
Her sister watched her pedal away.
Loomis never reached the pasture. Two people found her in the woods east of the Bothell-Everett Highway. She'd been shot and sexually assaulted. A dime lay nearby. She died on the way to the hospital.
That was Aug. 23, 1972.
Her sister remembers the worry that crossed her mother's face when Jody didn't come home, didn't call. The girls were told to always be back by dark. Then a detective came to the door. When her mother collapsed, her stunned father didn't have time to catch her.
A talented artist, Loomis once painted a mural of running horses on her bedroom walls. She rescued hurt animals and spoke her mind with passion. She was a free-spirit who packed a lot of living in a short time.
"We left Jody's room as it was for a long time. You could still smell the patchouli oil. Her leather purse was where she left it," Her sister said. "My parents hurt so much."
Her father has since died and her mother is ailing.
Father: John Paul Loomis
Mother: Rosemary Loomis
Sister: Jana Loomis-Smith
Brother : John Paul Loomis, Jr
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