The Search of Ridgway's
Current and Previous Homes
2 of 4 women Ridgway
is accused of killing were missing items of jewelry when their
bodies were found. If DNA from a ring
or a necklace found in Ridgway's residences or vehicles were to
match a victim's, the coincidence would be hard to explain to
Car Truck and RV
- Almost immediately upon arrest 40 - 50 King County sheriff's detectives
cordoned off Ridgway's current home and 3 previous homes, including
his deceased parent's old home to begin searching, digging and bringing
out cadaver dogs. "We're pulling up carpet, looking underneath
the carpet, looking through crawl spaces, searching the attic, looking
for hair, blood, those types of things," King County sheriff
Urquhart said. "A lot of this is potential trace or forensic
type evidence that's going to require a lot of lab work. "
were looking for souvenirs from the
victims. No clothing or jewelry was found with the remains in many
cases. Christensen was missing
a white-gold wedding ring. Hinds was
missing a heart pendant on a gold chain.
were displaced as detectives moved them out to search Ridgway's
former homes. The Sheriff's
Office will pay for their living expenses and cover any damage done
during the searches. Urquhart
referred to those homeowners as the "innocent parties." The county
hasn't decided whether to reimburse the wife of the suspect, Judith
Ridgway for damage from the search.
- 67 pages of information laid out the case against Ridgway. They
searched his current residence, 3 previous residences, including
his late parent's home in SeaTac, and a safe deposit box.
175th Street in SeaTac, his deceased parents' house, currently empty
on the market for sale, is where investigators believe Ridgway lived
when women began vanishing, they found a latex glove in a bathroom,
a decorative tin container containing hair tufts, samples of possible
bloodstains on the wall panels, envelope with bone fragments found
behind a cabinet, carpet samples, twine, a Seattle Times paper from
1983, possible glass particles, a roll of gray duct tape and a steam
cleaner labeled "Gary" that detectives hope contains trace
evidence. A green
paint sample was taken from a closet door. "The
Skull Beneath the Skin," a PD James mystery, was found.
searched a lot and an abandoned house near a home where Ridgway
lived from 1989 to 1997. Police
searched the property after neighbors said Ridgway often went to
the lot on 22nd Ave. S in Des Moines
said King County Sheriffs spokesman John Urquhart. They
found 4 animal bones, a black shirt, a woman's shoe, a man's boot
and one black sock. They
will test the carpet for blood.
At his current
home on South 348th Street a items gathered include 3 wigs, a book
about exploited street children, boxes of jewelry and a book about
the search for the Green River killer.
Hundreds of other items
of evidence were collected at other locations.
Ridgway's, wife, Judith
was able to return to the home she shared with Gary on 12-6-01,
for the first time since his arrest a week earlier. There is a sign
in the window asking everyone, including media to respect her privacy.
made public 12-12-01 investigators searched Gary Ridgway's motor
home, car and truck but have found "nothing that's obviously
incriminating," King County sheriff spokesman, Sgt. John Urquhart
a raft of evidence that needs to be evaluated," said. "It
means we have more work to do." In addition to the search they
took tire-track prints.
Court documents showed
detectives took dirt samples and tire impressions from Ridgway's
motor home; earlier, documents showed other items taken from inside
the motor home. Detectives sifted through the dirt to find clues
to the killer's identity, said Capt. Bruce Kalin, commander of Green
During the search of
Ridgway's 1992 Flair motor home the items
bed sheets, pillows and carpet, tools, "numerous sets of gloves,"
2 pairs of women's underpants, a BB rifle, nylon cord, nylon rope,
latex gloves, a stocking cap, park guides, a knife and carpeting
in a nylon bag, "flex
cuffs" (used by police officers as temporarily handcuffs).
From his 1992 Ford Ranger
pickup, detectives seized seats, floor mats, pink nylon rope, tools,
wrappers, condoms, numerous pairs of gloves, a
Coke bottle containing clear liquid, duct tape piece with writing
on it and a napkin with suspected blood on it.
Detectives took a woman's
earring, a plastic pie plate and toilet paper from a 1992 Mercury
Sable 4 door sedan registered to Ridgway and his wife, Judith.
Police have estimated
it could take months or years to analyze and match all the materials
with other clues gathered in the investigation, which dates back
some 19 years.