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Snohomish County Sheriff's Office detectives locate person of interest in 1990’s homicide

Human remains believed to be Mill Creek resident Michael Powell were found buried in a Bothell back yard on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.   Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking person of interest Richard "Rick" Powell.
Richard Nelson is 5’9” tall, weighs 185 pounds with brown eyes and blond hair or shaved head. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

May 31, 2019, Update

From a Snohomish County Sheriff's Office tweet.

The person of interest in the 1990's murder of Michael Powell has been located!

Thank you for all of the tips and information.

Our investigation into the murder of Powell, whose remains were found buried in a Bothell backyard last week, continues.

Original May 30, 2019, Article

By Shari Ireton, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Director of Communications.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, detectives responded to a residence in the 19900 block of 8th Ave SE in Bothell and recovered human skeletal remains buried in the backyard.

The remains are believed to be Michael Powell of Mill Creek, who has not been in contact with family since the early 1990’s, and was in his early 30’s at the time of his death.

Based on evidence gathered during the investigation, detectives believe the decedent was a victim of homicide and are seeking the public’s help to locate a person of interest in Powell’s death, 43 year-old Richard “Rick” Nelson.

Nelson has ties to the Pierce County area and was last known to live in Bonney Lake.

He is 5’9” tall, weighs 185 pounds with brown eyes and blond hair or shaved head.

Anyone with information about Nelson’s whereabouts or other relevant information related to Powell’s whereabouts in the 1990’s, should call the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tipline 425-388-3845.

Human remains believed to be Mill Creek resident Michael Powell were found buried in a Bothell back yard on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.   Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking person of interest Richard "Rick" Powell.

Michael Powell was last seen in the early 1990s. Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

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