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SEARCH FOR A KILLER; Residents On Edge

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The man police detained Thursday morning was released after a search warrant was served to process his clothing for evidence, but no probable cause was found to arrest him. Police are still actively searching for a suspect, only described as a black man in his early to mid 30's with a lazy eye, who was wearing dark clothing.

 
The knife used in the stabbing has not been recovered.
 
Flowers and candles remain on the trail and at Sharlotte's home today, as family, friends and neighbors process her untimely and tragic death. Most people living there say they're scared for their own safety, and that the attack could have happened to anyone.
 
We're working to confirm reports that other attacks have happened on that stretch of trail in the last few months.
 
Neighbors describe Sharlotte as a happy woman, loving mom, and hard worker.  She worked for the Costco company for 12 years, first in Medford, Oregon, then in Wenatchee, and just last year, she moved to Spokane and transferred to the Costco in Spokane Valley to be close to her friends.

The manager of the Wenatchee store told us, she loved interacting with the customer, had an outgoing personality and infectious laugh. She'll be deeply missed.

A friend of hers from Costco has set up the 'Sharlotte McGill Memorial Fund' at Numerica Credit Union, and the Spokane Club (where her daughter Billie works) is setting up a fund as well.  You can walk in and donate 24/7 at the front desk.

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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: The Spokane Police Department is continuing its investigation into Thursday morning's homicide at a site near South Riverton and Magnolia.

"This case is our top priority because of random nature of this vicious attack," says interim Police Chief Scott Stephens. "We are doing everything we can to move this case toward resolution. "

Among other things, SPD has dedicated significant resources to the case and has provided all officers with suspect description information. Detectives are seeking expedited results of DNA analysis and other forensic information, working closely with the WSP Crime Lab.

All law enforcement partners in the region have been notified. Washington's Most Wanted program will include the information in a program over the weekend and Crimestoppers is collecting information from the public. SPD has received numerous tips from the public which are being analyzed and, in some cases, assigned for follow-up.

Citizens should share any information they think could help investigators by calling Crime Check at 800-222-TIPS, or submitting the information through the Crimestoppers web site http://www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.

Thursday's victim was attacked while walking her dog and ultimately died as a result of the stab wounds she sustained. The motive of this incident still has not been established, Detectives believe this was a random attack. 

Spokane Police Detectives developed a suspect description based on details obtained from the victim as well as interviews with those living near the area of the attack. The suspected attacker is described as a black male in his early to mid 30s wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Neighbors said they had seen a man matching this description in the area recently.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Residents at the apartment complex near where a woman was fatally stabbed Thursday morning say they are extremely frightened knowing the suspect is still on the loose.    

Both the general manager of the Riverpark Apartments, Kim Campbell, and a resident told KHQ's Kelsey Watts on Friday they are on edge and are having a hard time sleeping.    

55-year-old Sharlotte McGill was attacked Thursday morning at around 8:10 a.m. while walking her dog along a makeshift trail in the area of 1800 South Riverton on the south bank of the Spokane River. She had just moved into the nearby Riverpark Apartments a month ago.

Police say they're taking the attack very seriously because it was random, which is extremely rare for the Spokane area. According to SPD, the suspect is a black male, wearing a black hoodie and black pants, in his early-to mid 30s and had, according to witnesses, a "crazy eye."

SPD says it is using "every available resource" to catch the killer. If you have any information that can help authorities in this case, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stay with KHQ.com for updates, and look for complete team coverage of this developing story on KHQ Local News at 5 & 6.

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