Body Found East of Quincy Hit by Two Vehicles - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Body Found East of Quincy Hit by Two Vehicles

QUINCY, Wash. - Highway 28 just east of Quincy was closed for more than 10 hours Wednesday while investigators attempted to find out how a woman was struck and killed in the roadway that morning.

Melissa L. Mulliner, 40, of Moses Lake, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Trooper Rich Magnussen, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. The highway was closed from 6:25 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. because investigators with the State Patrol and the Grant County Sheriff's Office could not determine why the woman was in the roadway.

Investigators now think one of two cars initially struck the woman, he said.

About 6:25 a.m., a Ford Focus driven by Pamela A. Dorris, 50, of Soap Lake, hit Mulliner. Magnussen said investigators do not know if Mulliner was dead before Dorris's car struck her or if another vehicle was involved.

At the scene, investigators found a hubcap that did not come from the Dorris vehicle, Magnussen said. About 9 a.m. today, a State Patrol trooper located a car in the Quincy area that had a missing hubcap like the one found at the scene. The driver of that car was being questioned this morning.

Troopers said Dorris' car was heading west when it struck Mulliner, who was in the westbound lane. The accident happened three miles east of Quincy.

While troopers investigated the accident, traffic was rerouted onto alternate streets in the area.

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QUINCY, Wash. - A person driving along highway 28 near Quincy, hit the body of a woman who had been left for dead by another hit and run driver. According to authorities in Grant County, dispatchers took the 911 call early Wednesday morning about "something" being struck in the 13000 block of highway 28.  Upon arrival, authorities found the deceased, adult female and closed the highway to investigate.

Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol troopers determined that the victim was the victim of a hit and run and say there are other suspicious circumstances surrounding the case.

An autopsy was performed on the victim at a location in Moses Lake and authorities are still gathering evidence.  The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Highway 28 was closed for most of the day due to the investigation.

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