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  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
    Long Beach, California

    WA - Ed, 81, & Minnie Maurin, 83, abducted & murdered, Ethel, 19 Dec 1985


    July 10, 2012

    Washington state officials have apparently solved the 1985 cold-case homicide of an elderly couple with an arrest that fulfills a grieving son's promise to his parents.

    Wilhelmina "Minnie" Maurin and Edward "Ed" Maurin's dead bodies were found Christmas Eve 1985. They had been shot to death and dragged into a wooded area.

    "At their funeral, I laid my hand on their casket and I said, 'I will find out who did this,'" the couple's son, Dennis Hadaller, said at a news conference Monday.

    A team of investigators from the Lewis County Sheriff's Office in Chehalis, Wash., was dispatched to Alaska July 8 to make an arrest in connection to the slayings.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Rick Riffe, 53, and his brother John Gregory Riffe, 50, have long been primary suspects in the cold case, according to the sheriff.

    John Riffe died last month of ill health, just after the sheriff’s office prepared their probable cause statement, Mansfield said.

    Authorities say potential witnesses were threatened by the brothers, even with death, if they spoke up.

    “We’re very confident now one is dead and the other in custody, (other) witnesses will come forward,” Mansfield said this afternoon. “We would like to hear from them.”


  3. #3
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    Apr 2013
    From December 2013:


    Convicted murderer Rick Riffe was sentenced to just shy of 103 years in prison Tuesday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court...

    Riffe was convicted on Nov. 18 after a six-week jury trial resulted in guilty verdicts on seven felony counts, including murder, robbery, kidnapping and burglary...

    Riffe abducted 81-year-old Ed and 83-year-old Minnie from their Ethel home, forced them to drive to a bank and withdraw $8,500, and shot them, Meyer said. Riffe then “discarded them like garbage” out on a logging road, Meyer added.

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