Authorities Kennewick woman abducted for ransom found dead

first_imgSPOKANE — A 69-year-old woman reportedly abducted for ransom by people she knew in southeastern Washington state was found dead two days after police agreed to pay the money and arrested a suspect.A driver found the body of Sandra Harris on Sunday in arid scrubland along a road south of the city of Kennewick, off Interstate 82, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said.It was not immediately clear how the Kennewick woman died, authorities said, but an autopsy was scheduled for later this week to determine the time and cause of death.Police said there was no danger to the public, because the kidnapping was not random.“The suspect we have in custody, Theresa Wiltse, was known to Sandra Harris and her husband, Randy Harris,” Kennewick police said in a statement Monday. “The exact nature of how they are known to each other is still a part of this investigation.”Police have only Wiltse in custody but said they were not ruling out the possibility of additional arrests.“But we do not have any specific persons that we are looking for,” according to police in this community about 130 miles southwest of Spokane.last_img read more