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Washington woman Theresa Wiltse admits kidnapping Sandra Harris for ransom, but murdered her

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by noZme, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member


    A woman acknowledged kidnapping a woman she knew and picking up a $250,000 ransom that authorities handed over in hopes of the safe return of the victim, but her body was found along a rural road two days later.

    Sandra Harris, 69,was kidnapped Friday from her Kennewick home. She called her husband at work to say the kidnapper was demanding money.

    Police tailed and arrested Theresa Wiltse, 49, after she collected the ransom at a gourmet grocery store on Friday night.

    She confessed to being part of the kidnapping along with two men she identified only as "Jose" and "Jesus." But her role appears to be much bigger than she claims. Blood was found in the backseat of Wiltse's vehicle. Harris appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound, an autopsy will be conducted later this week. A driver found Sandra Harris' body Sunday in arid scrubland along a road south of Kennewick, off Interstate 82.

    The kidnapping was not random - Wiltse knew the victim and her husband, Randy Harris, who owns a pawn shop in the city of Kennewick called Ace Jewelry and Loan. Wiltse lives in the small town of Connell about 40 miles away. She previously worked as a state prison guard in Walla Walla.

    Wiltse was booked on suspicion of kidnapping with $1 million bail during a brief court appearance. Prosecutors have until Wednesday to charge her.



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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    This is so horrible. :( Been following it and just can't believe it. Well, unfortunately I can. But it's still awful.

    Rest in peace, Sandra.
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  3. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Well said, SWMNBN. :vigil:
  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This really is horrible :(. How this killer thought they'd get away with it I'll never know. Was it to buy drugs, I wonder?
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