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    WA - Sherry Harlan, 35, Everett, 2 January 2010

    This local story looks like a bad one from the start. Sherry Harlan has been missing about a week (they aren't sure), and her home, an apartment in Everett, WA, appears to be a crime scene.

    http://www.kirotv.com/news/22147187/detail.html

    A neighbor of the woman told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Chris Francis that he went inside the apartment after the manager of the complex opened the unit Tuesday night. The man said there was a strong smell of bleach and portions of a bedroom carpet were cut out.

    Larry Lloyd, who lives behind Harlan, said Harlan was concerned for her safety after a boyfriend or ex-husband was recently released from jail.

    Lloyd said that man had come around the apartment a few times.


    "She mentioned something to the landlady and her friend at work, to keep an eye on her (and) she didn't know what the hell was going to happen to her. She didn't say boyfriend or husband or whatever but she was afraid of something. You could see it in her eyes," said Lloyd.
    BBM

    I think this is taking a turn for the obvious. That kind of clean up effort isn't random, and it looks like there is already a suspect.
    Last edited by GingerRed; 01-06-2010 at 06:04 PM.

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    Sherry's 1989 blue-gray Nissan Sentra is missing as well, WA Plate 928-RVN. There is a photo of the vehicle at the Kiro link in the OP.

    Photos of Sherry Harlan: (No description of height/weight yet, but looking at the photos I'd say slim, red curly hair and blue eyes are a start).
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    Last edited by GingerRed; 01-06-2010 at 06:25 PM. Reason: ETA: Added a second photo found.

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    Oh, man, not again
    Praying for Jason.
    Find Beaner!
    Where is Kayla Berg?
    Justice for Stephanie Low, 9-22-14 RIP Stephanie

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    Another article, this one notes that police are checking her phone, credit cards. Also mentioned was that she was punctual and reliable, so her not showing up for work is very suspicious.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...issing06m.html

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    More details emerging.

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/80794592.html

    Her co-workers at the Lynnwood JCPenney store went to her apartment to check on her before calling police. She wasn't home, but a neighbor said they made a frightening discovery inside.

    "Torn up carpet. Torn up linoleum. Bleach everywhere," said Schuyler Thorpe. "It's like the whole place was turned into a war zone. Like it was done in a real hurry."

    Thorpe said he and his wife saw a strange man hanging around the apartment about the time investigators think Harlan disappeared.
    Thorpe said he and his wife saw a strange man hanging around the apartment about the time investigators think Harlan disappeared.....
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    Harlan had been living at the apartment complex for several months, and her father said she moved there after her boyfriend was hauled off to jail.
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    Last edited by GingerRed; 01-06-2010 at 08:09 PM.

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    Oh dear - here we go again.

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    Bad news in the case, but at least they've found the perp quickly. Sherry's body has not been found.

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/80956627.html

    Summary from the article:

    Ex boyfriend Eric James Christianson, 40, arrested for 2nd degree murder

    Harlan told friends and neighbors he'd beaten her before, and she was afraid he'd kill her for breaking up with him.

    Neighbor reported fighting and yelling heard on Saturday morning.

    Search warrant served at the Gold Bar home of ex boyfriend prior to arrest.

    Found bloody clothing

    Christiansen had many scratches all over his body and a STAB WOUND to the knee.

    Christiansen is a level 1 sex offender and failed to register upon release, also has a history of assault and domestic violence convictions.

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    Dang it. I don't think any of us are surprised, but it just sucks. What is wrong with all these men who just cannot take any kind of rejection? We seem to have a whole generation of males who believe women and children are possessions they "own."

    I hope they can find her and that he rots in H*L*.

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    Everett-area woman's car found burned, with human remains inside

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...gwoman09m.html

    The burned car of Sherry Harlan, an Everett-area woman reported missing this week, has been found at a gravel pit in eastern Snohomish County with the partial remains of a human body inside, police and prosecutors said.

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    Prayers for her family.


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    http://www.heraldnet.com/article/201...901&news01ad=1

    By Jackson Holtz and Diana Hefley
    Herald Writers

    Tests to determine whether the remains are Sherry Harlan’s may take up to a week, a prosecutor says.

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    Gold Bar man charged in ex-girlfriend's slaying

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...of_killin.html

    January 11, 2010
    Posted by Jennifer Sullivan


    A Gold Bar man with a violent criminal history is accused of killing his girlfriend then burning the woman's remains in her car, according to Snohomish County prosecutors.

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    While the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office has not formally identified the remains found inside Sherry Harlan's car as belonging to the missing woman, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Craig Matheson believes that the remains are those of the Everett-area woman.

    "Circumstantially, I'm comfortable that it is Ms. Harlan's body," Matheson said this afternoon. "It will take a couple of days to get an positive ID."

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    Prosecutors: Man dismembered ex-girlfriend after killing

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/83151912.html

    Story Updated: Jan 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM PST

    EVERETT, Wash. - A Gold Bar man charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend after her burned-out car was found is now accused of dismembering her body and disposing of it in a drive around Snohomish County.

    Prosecutors say the suspect, Eric Christensen, 40, of Gold Bar asked a friend to drive him around Snohomish County to help dispose of the woman's remains.

    The friend eventually contacted investigators and led them to spots were body parts were recovered, prosecutors say.

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    From June 2010:

    http://www.komonews.com/news/local/96695234.html

    On Friday Eric Christensen was sentenced to 37.5 years in prison in the January death of Sherry Harlan.

    Christensen, 40 was convicted of first-degree murder earlier this month after jurors rejected his lawyer's argument that the killing was a crime of passion, and not premeditated.



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