Whatcom County, WA – Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deb Slater says they were contacted by the National Parks Service on October 12th, 2023 about possible human remains found in a suitcase floating in Ross Lake.
According to reports, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has interviewed two fisherman who found the suitcase. the Whatcom County Medical Examiner has taken possession of the suitcase and possible human remains for identification and notification of next of kin. No additional information is being released by either agency at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.
There are several people who have been reported missing in the Skagit County area and it is unclear if these folks have been met with violence and may be one of the victims found inside the suitcase. Patricia Krieger allegedly went missing on Sauk Mountain while hiking with several people on October 2nd, 2010. Sauk Mountain is approximately 44.4 miles from Ross Lake. Her case remains open and active and there has been wide speculation in the community that she met with foul play. Learn more about here case by visiting www.FindPattiKrieger.com.
On April 21st, 2023, 25-year-old Mikayla Marie Gamble aka Mikayla Standridge Martone, went missing from Skagit View Drive in the Concrete, Washington area after calling 9-1-1 for help. Her phone pings led to a search and rescue operation and her cell phone was found near the Skagit River. The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office searched the Skagit River using boats, drones and a helicopter, due to the proximity of the phone to the river. Her case remains active and open. The distance between Skagit View Drive and Ross Lake is approximately 62.7 miles.
On September 10th, 2020, Laynee Westbrook, was last seen at the Swinomish Chevron with Jeffrey Duane Hein. She is believed to have gone to Thousand Trails Campground near La Conner with her dog, Precious. She was not heard from again.
It is unclear if the remains found in the suitcase have any connections to these three missing women or many of the other missing persons cases in Skagit County, WA.