Another Green River Killer Victim Identified
SEATTLE (AP) _ Authorities say they have identified the 33rd victim of the Green River serial killer, more than two years after her body was found, despite confusion because another victim used a similar name.
King County Medical examiners identified Tina Marie Thompson on Tuesday using dental records, authorities said. Her remains were found April 20, 1984.
Fae Brooks, spokeswoman for the King County Police Green River Task Force, said another victim, Kimberly L. Nelson, whose remains were discovered June 14, had also been known as Tina Lee Tomson.
″In making computer checks of all the leads, all the aliases used by Nelson, we came across the name Tina Marie Thompson and a Portland address,″ Ms. Brooks said. ″We decided to check it out, expecting to find it was another link to Nelson.″
Instead, ″it developed that Tina Marie Thompson was a separate individual,″ Ms. Brooks said Tuesday.
People living at the Portland address told authorities they knew nothing of Ms. Nelson, but added that they had a relative named Tina Marie Thompson who they hadn’t seen or heard from in four years, she said.
Ms. Thompson was last seen upon her release from the King County Jail in Seattle on July 15, 1982,when she was 21.
Ms. Thompson had a record of prostitution-related offenses, Ms. Brooks said.
The number of confirmed victims of the serial killer remains at 36. Three of those victims remain unidentified. Ten other missing women also are presumed slain by the killer.
The case takes its name from the south King County river where the first five victims attributed to the killer were found in the summer of 1982.
The string of deaths is the worst recognized serial murder case in the nation. Most of the victims’ bodies have been found in ″cluster dumps″ in secluded areas of King County, although two victims have been found in the Portland, Ore., area.