Friend Helps Give 1987 Spokane Cold Case A Fresh Look - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Friend Helps Give 1987 Spokane Cold Case A Fresh Look

SPOKANE, Wash. - A decades' old cold case is getting a second chance to be solved. A search and rescuer from the west side is digging up new leads on the case of Julie Weflen, an electrical worker who disappeared September 16, 1987 from a Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) substation in the north of Spokane.

John Polos is a friend and former BPA co-worker of Weflen's. He is currently a volunteer search and rescue technician for the Clark County Sheriff's Office. So when he solved a different cold case last year, he knew he had to try and solve his friend's disappearance.

This weekend, Polos and a colleague drove over from Vancouver, Washington to pass out 110 flyers and canvass the neighborhoods around the substation where Weflen disappeared at the intersection of Coulee Hite Road and Four Mound Road.

While in that area, Polos said he also discovered a possible new clue: a bone that he said "looked strange." Polos said he will have the bone tested in Vancouver to see if it is human.

Polos' trip has made local headlines for the past few days and prompted the community to call him with tips. As of Tuesday afternoon, Polos said he received 20 including leads about who the person might have been taken Weflen, as well a possible hide out found near the area she disappeared.

"I thought it was going to be good but it's been better than my wildest expectations," Polos said. "Because I've got so many responses, so many clues, and so much positive feedback from people; nothing negative."

 Polos also said he wanted more people to put pressure on the Spokane County Sheriff's Office to investigate this case. According to the Sheriff's Office, Weflen's case is assigned to a detective and is reviewed regularly with other homicide investigators.

 As of Tuesday afternoon, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office had not received any tips.

RESOURCES:

If you have a tip you'd like to share about the Julie Weflen case, contact the Spokane County Sheriff's Office at (509) 477-4760 or John Polos at (360) 798-1291.

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