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Old 03-14-2010, 02:28 PM
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WA - Mackenzie Cowell, 17, Orondo/Wenatchee, 9 Feb 2010 - #10

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Old 03-14-2010, 02:42 PM
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May I ask a question of clarification, with all due respect, being new to this forum? Are the Proposed Parenting Plan revisions in 2008 considered as being part of the divorce of 2001? In WA State the actions continue on the same case number. Thank you in advance.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:25 PM
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List of initials commonly used in these threads (so far). Just thought I'd compile this information in one place to make it easier on people new to these threads or just catching up.

MC = Mackenzie
WC = MC's mom
RC = MC's dad
JF - Mom bf/ex?
JV - MC's bf/ex bf?

PC (PCR) = Pitcher Canyon Road - where MC's car was found
CB = Crescent Bar - where MC's body was found

LE = law enforcement
POI = person of interest
WW = Wenatchee World newspaper
COD = cause of death

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bf = boyfriend
ETA = edited to add
BBM = bolded by me
S&BBM = snipped and bolded by me
IIRC = if I recall correctly
FWIW = for what it's worth
KWIM = know what I mean?

MOO = my opinion only
IMO = in my opinion
IMHO = in my humble opinion
JMHO = just my humble opinion

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Old 03-14-2010, 04:41 PM
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I don't believe the RUMOR was that either brother was tied directly to MC, (to my knowledge that was all speculation from the RUMOR one of brothers had worked for JF). Next RUMOR was something about one or both helping to move body, (but that was very likely only based on speculation caused by the RUMOR one of the brothers had worked for JF in the past). Snipped

I should clarify that what I meant is there is nothing that connects CR to the woman who was found dead on Boodry Street.
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:54 PM
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It's my gut feeling...ESP...that the killer did it all by himself. Of course this is just a theory.

If a person has a secret and never shares it, then the secret it can't be repeated.

Maybe, Killer kept this crime a secret, so it couldn't be repeated, and he won't be blamed. A crazy mind thinks he'll never be caught.

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First time poster here. I also am a local. You all have great sleuthing minds. I like most of you think that this crime committed was by someone who know mc. I don't believe it was gang related. This is all jmo of course.

Some more info on palisades as some of you were talking about. Palisades road goes about 18 1/2 miles paved and then turns to gravel. If you continue to follow the road it eventually leads you into Ephrata.
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:13 PM
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First time poster here. I also am a local. You all have great sleuthing minds. I like most of you think that this crime committed was by someone who know mc. I don't believe it was gang related. This is all jmo of course.

Some more info on palisades as some of you were talking about. Palisades road goes about 18 1/2 miles paved and then turns to gravel. If you continue to follow the road it eventually leads you into Ephrata.
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:20 PM
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RUMOUR: I have recently heard from someone supposedly close to LE, that LE actually has 2 murder weapons. Don't think you want to know what they are, but it would make since as LE supposedly visited a few stores of sort to see if, when or where certain items could have been purchased. Because of what all I heard, seems the perp/perps may have worn gloves? Just another rumor floating around. Hope this info is ok to state on here, if not please inform me.

Also does anyone know if MC was wearing any rings, and on what hand when she went missing?
re: Murder weapon(s):

The buoy in the river at CB ... LE divers might have found something in the river ,,, just speculating, since del rio indicated he thinks the buoy was not there before LE searched the property ... and it's still there?

Excellent question ... what of MC's ear jewelry and ring(s)? I suppose no one here suspects robbery but then again, did someone *believe* the Cowells had *money*?

I wonder if the perp attempted to force MC to tell him her debit PIN but she insisted there was only ~$20 or whatever small amount ... and, well ....

But then, the attack seems too personal?

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Old 03-14-2010, 06:27 PM
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Where is everyone today? The list is so quiet. During the week I have a hard time keeping up, but now on the weekend I keep waiting for an update . . . speculation . . . new rumor . . . SOMETHING! I wish there would be an arrest soon. I know everyone wishes that too.

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Old 03-14-2010, 06:32 PM
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re: Murder weapon(s):

The buoy in the river at CB ... LE divers might have found something in the river ,,, just speculating, since del rio indicated he thinks the buoy was not there before LE searched the property ... and it's still there?

Excellent question ... what about MC's ear jewelry and ring(s)? I suppose no one here suspects robbery but then again, did someone *believe* the Cowells had *money*?

I wonder if the perp attempted to force MC to give him her debit PIN but she insisted there was only ~$20 or whatever small amount ... and, well ....

But the attack seems too personal?
I would think if the person wanted money there would have been a ransom note or something to that affect. jmo
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We think we know of one or more of MC's boyfriends and ex-boyfriends ...

... but what about 'wanna-be's? Surely there could have been one or more boys who desired to date MC but were either turned down or too reticent or defeatist to approach her?
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Old 03-14-2010, 06:39 PM
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I would think if the person wanted money there would have been a ransom note or something to that affect. jmo
Not necessarily. It takes great effort to set up a kidnapping and to demand and receive a ransom. This also risks for exposure.

Comparatively, bump-on-the-head hit-and-run robbery is much simpler.
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On the previous thread there was a minor discussion re: M's corrective surgery..A poster who appears to personally know all about this issue (within the C. family) said:

Opportunity at 12 was disregarded; braces on since then with surgery option now delayed for growth issues

This had to really tick M off..You know how badly you'd want this corrected especially once you hit your teen years..None of us know the reason it was disregarded at 12 but my guess is no explanation would probably be good enough (or satisfy) M..Her resentment may have been building the past 5 yrs which could be the reason (if true) for her disconnect with mom..Especially if it was a $$$ issue at the time & she knew her mom was spending it on things related to her biz & more recently her bf IF it's true WC bought him a new truck.

Since the Cowells own their own biz they have to pay their own insurance premiums (family plans are sky high) so maybe they had none at that time cos they couldn't afford it due to all their $$$ going towards the biz..Or maybe this surgery wasn't covered under their plan..Some believe it's considered cosmetic but I have my doubts about that..Either way it doesn't sound like a simple procedure & if one had to pay the entire bill on their own that's a serious amount of $$$..Or maybe it was blown off cos they were simply too busy to address it which does kinda=don't care..Whatever the reason the opportunity was there at 12 & nothing was done about it..Btw..Isn't this about the age when M had her incident with VDD?..I'm not saying it's related to her state of mind at the time but it's def something I'm thinking about.

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Old 03-14-2010, 06:46 PM
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Not necessarily. It takes great effort to set up a kidnapping and to demand and receive a ransom. This also risks for exposure.

Comparatively, bump-on-the-head hit-and-run robbery is much simpler.
That's true. It would be a good thing to know regarding jewelry etc.

Because if she didn't have much in resources to give that doesn't seem likely.

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Old 03-14-2010, 07:10 PM
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Some thoughts ....

Are PUD-owned traffic and / or surveillance videos viewable by the public via a public-records request?

It seems to me boat docks would be under some sort of surveillance since the Patriot Act legislation was enacted some years ago.

Also, why is LE not releasing the 'last ping' location of MC's phone? It's already in the news there was a 'last ping' and that LE is aware of at least a general location ... so why not release the location information?

My guess is, the location information LE is retaining (IF they even have such information indicating beyond the 'boat dock') is so broad in scope to be of any specific use. There is quite a bit of ground to cover within any given 2 to 5 mile radius.

Why must we assume MC knew the perp? Because of the seemingly personal nature of the butality inflicted upon her? I think the perp knew MC but MC did not know the perp. All it takes, really, is for the perp to know the victim for the crime to be 'personal' in nature. There have been actresses and TV news anchors who have been stalked by creepies who thought they were in a personal relationship with their victim .. while in reality they had never actually met or conversed beyond perhaps cryptic or threatening notes or phone calls / messages.

Not a boyfriend.
Not a family member's boyfriend or girlfriend.
Not a gang.

I previously posted I bleieve it is someone who watched MC, perhaps from afar, perhaps while in the Gym, he watched her daily and knew of her typical routines ... he desired her and eventually could not wait any longer and confronted her on one of her typical breaks.



Warning: graphic commentary follows:
  • With strangulation, typically there is no blood.
  • Blunt-force trauma could be the effect of strangulation; perp over victim on the ground, perp's hands gripped around victim's neck, perp lifts and slams victim's head against ground, victim dies from trauma.
  • There would be no bleed-out if the victim is stabbed at that point because there would be no heartbeat.
I believe the perp 'murdered' MC via strangulation and slamming her head against the pillar in her vehicle. He then drove her to CB and while 'dumping' her there either she regained consciousness because she only passed out from the strangulation and beating or she was indeed dead at that point and as extra precaution the perp ultimately stabbed her. I think the latter because apparently there was no major bleed out discovered at CB, as far as we know.

What about cab drivers, bus drivers, maintenance personnel, delivery personnel, etc.? I assume LE must have interviewed them, given we are informed they interviewed '670' individuals.

Or, perhaps a dis'd high schooler has an uncle who's idea of revenge is murder?

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I realize that this doesn't necessarily have anything to do with anything, but I would be interested in knowing the general body build of JF, and the R brothers, also.
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RUMOUR: I have recently heard from someone supposedly close to LE, that LE actually has 2 murder weapons. Don't think you want to know what they are, but it would make since as LE supposedly visited a few stores of sort to see if, when or where certain items could have been purchased. Because of what all I heard, seems the perp/perps may have worn gloves? Just another rumor floating around. Hope this info is ok to state on here, if not please inform me.
Also does anyone know if MC was wearing any rings, and on what hand when she went missing?
I, for one, would like to hear what you have heard about the two weapons...

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I, for one, would like to hear what you have heard about the two weapons...
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I, for one, would like to hear what you have heard about the two weapons...
I'd like to know, too. But I'm wondering IF that type of information being divulged wouldn't possibly damage the investigation? I certainly wouldn't want that to happen.


On another topic - I responded to FifthEssence's post in the Astrology Forum's Case Briefings thread, in case anyone's interested.
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Rumor: Heard that they were both hand tools and the way they would have been used would have left traces of DNA on the handles, unless gloves were worn or tools thrown into river to remove traces of perps skin cells...one of which has been stated and pic already in threads past is, ( the drywall tool). The other tool being of which one could use blunt force upon someone...a "specific type" of common tool.
I wasn't inquiring about jewerly, just about any ring and what hand, if anyone possibly knows? Also was not thinking theft case or motive here at all. I need to figure out how to quote!!!
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On the previous thread there was a minor discussion re: M's corrective surgery..A poster who appears to personally know all about this issue (within the C. family) said:

Opportunity at 12 was disregarded; braces on since then with surgery option now delayed for growth issues

This had to really tick M off..You know how badly you'd want this corrected especially once you hit your teen years..None of us know the reason it was disregarded at 12 but my guess is no explanation would probably be good enough (or satisfy) M..Her resentment may have been building the past 5 yrs which could be the reason (if true) for her disconnect with mom..Especially if it was a $$$ issue at the time & she knew her mom was spending it on things related to her biz & more recently her bf IF it's true WC bought him a new truck.

Since the Cowells own their own biz they have to pay their own insurance premiums (family plans are sky high) so maybe they had none at that time cos they couldn't afford it due to all their $$$ going towards the biz..Or maybe this surgery wasn't covered under their plan..Some believe it's considered cosmetic but I have my doubts about that..Either way it doesn't sound like a simple procedure & if one had to pay the entire bill on their own that's a serious amount of $$$..Or maybe it was blown off cos they were simply too busy to address it which does kinda=don't care..Whatever the reason the opportunity was there at 12 & nothing was done about it..Btw..Isn't this about the age when M had her incident with VDD?..I'm not saying it's related to her state of mind at the time but it's def something I'm thinking about.
I can speak personally about having to get a jaw broken, I too am due for a corrective surgery and it is very expensive and hard to find coverage for it, and it requires getting referals and all sorts of things it takes quite some time. But yes, it is VERY expensive and alot of insurance plans dont cover alot, same with braces, I have heard that most insurance companies do not cover braces.
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MACKENZIE COWELL TIMELINE
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09 February 2010 (Tuesday):

3:01 PM - Mackenzie leaves the Academy of Hair Design where she works, gets in her car, and drives away. She is supposed to only be gone for a fifteen-minute break, according to
flyers being posted at businesses
in Wenatchee, but she never returns.

3:40 PM - Mackenzie's phone data indicate that her phone is at/near the Riverfront Park boat ramp. While there, the phone receives an incoming text ("hey") and replies with the same message ("hey").

5:42 PM - A cell tower bounces a signal off of MacKenzie's phone. This is the final activity on McKenzie's phone. Location has not been released by investigators.

8:02 PM - Residents report to Rivercom finding a 1997 red Pontiac Grand Prix in Squilchuck area, 2395 Pitcher Canyon Road, parked near a cattle gate, and they tell deputies the car had been there for the previous hour. LE uses the registration info on the car to identify Reid Cowell as the owner, who confirms that his daughter has been out past curfew. One set of foot prints led away from the locked car toward road asphalt. "Somebody got the car there and parked it without anybody knowing about it.” Mackenzie's purse was inside the car, but her cell phone, debit card with $20 on it, and gas card were missing. Initially, Washington State Crime Lab processed the car, but found no indication of anything unusual, and computers at both parents' residences were checked with nothing unusual found. Later, local press says that some evidence has been discovered in the car and sent to the State Crime Lab.


11 February 2010 (Thursday):

FBI Child Abduction Rapid Deployment agents arrive Thursday afternoon to aid in the search for Mackenzie.


12 February 2010 (Friday):

Investigators fax warrants to Facebook, Myspace, and Verizon. A team of 10 detectives search the Pitcher Canyon area and interview and re-interviewing all of Mackenzie's friends and family. Mackenzie's mother and the mother's boyfriend are also being interviewed by the FBI.


13 February 2010 (Saturday):

Mackenzie's body is found near the Columbia River at 156 Crescent Bar Road just inside Douglas County by someone walking along the beach. She was fully clothed and her feet were in the water. The Chelan County Sheriff's spokesman said "It appears she was put there by someone....We've got to find this monster. Anybody who is willing to take a child and commit a crime with that child is a monster." Investigators find evidence of homicide at the scene and inside the vacant home. FBI profilers arrive late Saturday to assist with the investigation.


15 February 2010 (Monday):

A task force made up of local law enforcement and FBI is formed to investigate circumstances surrounding Mackenzie's death. Mackenzie's mother tells NWCN (see video) that she's been instructed by investigators not to discuss the investigation with media.


16 February 2010 (Tuesday):

An autopsy performed by Dr. Gina Fino and witnessed by Dr Steve Clem, Douglas County prosecutor and coroner, and a State Patrol Crime Laboratory’s forensics team confirms that the body is that of Mackenzie Cowell. The autopsy also revealed that her death was a homicide, but the cause of death has not yet been released. Autopsy results will not be released until the person responsible is identified and charged.

Investigators ask that anyone who might have seen someone walking out of Pitcher Canyon on South Methow Street or Squilchuck Highway between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, call the tip line. Captain Jones of the task force looking into 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell's death said the person who left Cowell's car in the canyon where it was later found likely walked on one of those two roads afterward.


18 February 2010 (Thursday):

Investigators released video footage of the last known sighting of homicide victim Mackenzie Cowell in a Wenatchee-owned parking lot in the hope that someone saw the teenager or her red 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix.

As law enforcement officials advise women to walk in pairs and be more aware of their surroundings, local gun stores report a spike in sales of tasers, mace, and handguns.


22 February 2010 (Monday):

1:36 AM - Someone at Mackenzie's mother's residence calls 911 to report "harassment/threat."

Police scale back task force and await DNA and fingerprint results from state crime lab. Evidence was collected from the Crescent Bar location and from Mackenzie's car. Wenatchee Police Sgt. Cherie Smith said, "But we still don’t know where she was killed,” Smith said. “So we may have another crime scene at some point.”


25 February 2010 (Thursday):

Memorial service is held for Mackenzie Cowell at Wenatchee Town Toyota Center. 1800 people attend. Mackenzie is remembered as "a bright, energetic girl who endured heartless teasing through much of her adolescence because of an underbite. She persevered, however, eventually becoming prom queen." Mackenzie's mother, maternal grandfather, father, father's fiance, two brothers, and boyfriend attend the memorial. Noticeably absent is Mackenzie's mother's boyfriend. Mackenzie's brother Trevor made the family's first statement to the media: "It's incredible. It meant the world to me because we all loved her. And that's what this all shows is how much everybody loves her."


26 February 2010 (Friday):

Task force states that cell phone data places Mackenzie Cowell’s phone near a Wenatchee boat launch on Feb. 9, the day she disappeared.


01 March 2010 (Monday):

The Cowell Task Force believes that Mackenzie's phone is a key piece of evidence and asks the public to call the tip line if it is found. The phone is a maroon LG EnV2.


03 March 2010 (Wednesday):

A local task force continues to work full-time on the Mackenzie Cowell murder case. Chelan County has four deputies and two administrative assistants assigned to the task force. Douglas County has four detectives, Wenatchee Police has three officers and East Wenatchee police has one officer assigned to the case. The FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are assisting the Cowell Task Force.

05 March 2010 (Friday):

Local businesspeople unite and announce the creation of a new reward fund to help find Mackenzie's killer. The group, Wenatchee Valley Citizens Against Crime, has pledged $38000 to be added to the existing $7000 reward fund in the event that someone provides a tip that leads to a conviction of Mackenzie's murderer. “This case broke the camel’s back. For this one, we said, ‘Enough is enough. We want this valley to be a safe place.'"


12 March 2010 (Friday) :

Against the wishes of the Cowell Task Force, the Wenatchee World publishes Mackenzie's cause of death which was on the death certificate. The World withheld the cause of death for two weeks in accordance with the task force's wishes, but today published the information, as they've always published death certificate information related to murders and saw no reason to make an exception in this case.

Though the task force is tight-lipped in response to the World reporter's many questions about the circumstances of Mackenzie's death, several details emerge. Eight lie detector tests have been administered, though the task force refuses to say to whom. Numerous properties have been searched, though the task force will not identify them. Most important, the task force has not yet found the site where Mackenzie was killed.


15 March 2010 (Sunday):

Wenatchee World article about Crimestoppers Reward Fund. The husband and father of Jack Owen Spillman III's victims has donated a substantial amount to the reward fund. Coincidentally, Wendy Cowell's boyfriend JF lived in the same home as JOS when he was arrested. JF's first wife was JOS's sister.


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WHO'S WHO IN THE MACKENZIE COWELL MURDER INVESTIGATION:

MC - Mackenzie Nicole Cowell; decedant. 17 years old. Attended Wenatchee High School and Academy of Hair Design. Dancer with the Apple-ettes. Also took dance lessons and worked out at Gold's Gym.
WC - Wendy Cowell. Mackenzie Cowell's mother; real estate agent and home builder; divorced from RC since 2001, now dating JF.
RC - Reid Cowell. Mackenzie Cowell's father; construction industry; divorced from WC since 2001, now dating JF.
JF - Mackenzie's mother's boyfriend; construction industry; rumored to have been living with WC while married to/separated from another woman; was a witness in the trial of infamous murderer Jack Owen Spillman III; was married to JOS's sister at the time of JOS's arrest for the gruesome murders of a mother and daughter.
SF - Mackenzie's father's fiancee. (She is in no way related to JF.)
JV - Mackenzie's 21-year-old boyfriend, though Mackenzie is rumored to have broken up with him recently to date a guy from Tacoma.

This timeline is a work in progress. If you have information to add to it or corrections to note, please PM me with the addition/correction and source link. I don't use Examiner as a source, because, quite frankly, our work is more investigative than the Examiner, and based on the same sources. Corrections may not appear until the next posting of the timeline, which I always try to insert on page 1 of any new thread about Mackenzie. Thanks for the teamwork in making this timeline a primary guide to the MC case!

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I wasn't inquiring about jewerly, just about any ring and what hand, if anyone possibly knows? Also was not thinking theft case or motive here at all. I need to figure out how to quote!!!
Hi humwhatsup.
Just wondering if you could tell us what the significance is in whether she had a ring and what hand she wore it on? Have you heard something pertaining to that?

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My thoughts exactly Liz
Thanks, hum.

Quoting posts:

At the bottom right hand corner of each person's post, there are four icons. The furthest one to the left is the 'quote' icon, a blue rectangular box.

Next one to the right of that, with the little quotation marks, is the 'multi-quote' icon. That is used IF you want to quote several different posts. You simply click it, and it should light up 'orange'. You do that to whichever posts you'd like to respond to (if you want to respond to a couple to several at once) and when you hit 'reply', all those posts should show up.

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