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Washington Cold Case Suspect Found
Wed July 11, 2012
Chehalis Cold Case Suspect Awaits Extradition From Alaska
An Alaska man accused of murdering an elderly Chehalis couple in 1985 is awaiting extradition to Lewis County, Wash. Police say the arrest of Rick Riffe of King Salmon, Alaska, closes a cold case investigation that spans 26 years.
He and his brother John allegedly shot Ed and Minnie Maurin, both in their 80s, a week before Christmas that year.
Lewis County Sheriff Steven Mansfield told Alaska's KDLG the Riffe brothers were the primary suspects from the beginning, but key evidence surfaced only recently.
"You know, it's haunted the family, the sheriff's office and the community for all these years. It's a bittersweet moment."
Rick Riffe's brother, John, died just last month, apparently of natural causes. The investigation at the time revealed that the Maurins were kidnapped from their home, taken to a bank to withdraw more than $8,000, driven out of town and killed inside their car with a shotgun. The bodies were left in the woods.
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