Kennewick Kidnapping Tragically Becomes Murder
What started as a rare kidnapping in Kennewick on Friday November 18th in Kennewick has now ended tragically in Murder as 69 year old Sandra Harris was found dumped on the side of Coffin road deceased on Sunday.
According to a press release on Friday here's how the bizarre case began:
Shortly before noon on November 18th 2016, the Kennewick Police Department received a report of a possible abduction. Randy Harris reported that his wife Sandra Harris (69) had been taken from their residence on the 200 block of east 41st in Kennewick against her will.
Kennewick Police Department along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation initiated contact with the suspect who demanded a ransom of an un-disclosed amount for the safe return of Sandra Harris. Negotiations were ongoing for several hours.
Information was developed that the suspect, later identified as Theresa L. Wiltse (49), was driving a rental car bearing California license plates. A money exchange was arranged in rural Franklin County for the safe return of Sandra Harris. Members of the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team assisted with the apprehension of Theresa Wiltse, who was driving the rental car shortly after the exchange just before 10:00 pm near Eltopia. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle. We are still actively searching for Sandra Harris as this investigation continues.
Sadly Mrs. Harris' body was Found Sunday here's the press release from the Benton County Sheriff Department:
On 11/20/2016, at about 11:48 am, deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a body found off of Coffin Road, about two-miles east of I-82. Initial information was a citizen was traveling westbound on Coffin Road, towards I-82, and observed a body lying on the side of the roadway and called 911.
Deputies arrived on scene and located a deceased, unidentified female lying in the brush, just off of the roadway, on the north side of Coffin Road. During the investigation, the Benton County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased female as 69 year old Sandra Harris. Sandra Harris was the kidnapping victim from the Kennewick Police Department’s kidnapping incident from Friday, 11/18/2016. At this time it is unknown how the female died and this case is currently under investigation in cooperation with the Kennewick Police Department.