Thursday, January 3, 2008


Police Composite of Suspect in killing of Shannon Harps

If you have information call 911 or tipline (206) 233-5000

Sketch gets tips flowing in Capitol Hill murder case
Last updated January 3, 2008 7:35 p.m. PT

(Editor's Note: This article has been updated with new information from the Seattle Police Department regarding a volunteer at the Sierra Club.)

More than 30 tips have come in for Seattle police homicide detectives since they released a composite sketch of a man seen fleeing the scene of a murder on Capitol Hill on New Year's Eve.
Shannon Harps, 31, was stabbed repeatedly by an assailant who attacked her about 7:10 p.m. Monday just as she was about to enter her condominium building in the 1500 block of East Howell Street.

Witnesses heard her screams and saw a man running away.

That man has been described as white, in his 40s, with a scruffy beard 3 to 4 inches long, wearing a ski cap, blue hooded jacket and baggy pants. He might have had a yellow hooded sweatshirt under his coat.

A sketch of the man based upon witness descriptions was released Wednesday afternoon. At the same time, police announced a 24-hour tip line, 206-233-5000.

Since that sketch was released, more than 30 tips have come in to the line, police spokeswoman Renee Witt said. More tips have been provided to the department through other channels.

Witt said one witness was nearby when he saw the man run right past him. Another witnesses saw a man matching the same description a few blocks later.

Because there were no witnesses to the actual attack, Witt said, police have not called the man in the sketch a suspect in the slaying.


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