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SEARCH FOR A KILLER: McGill Funeral Service Will Be Saturday, May 19th

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Eight days after a man brutally stabbed 55-year-old Sharlotte McGill to death while she walked her dog along a Spokane trail, Spokane Police don't have any new information about the killer or his whereabouts.

McGill was walking near the Spokane River in the 1800 block of East South Riverton when police say she was randomly and suddenly stabbed in the arm, chest, and forehead by an unidentified man. McGill managed to climb from the trail to the road where she was found bleeding by some passersby. McGilll's attacker ran off and has yet to be located.
 
Before losing consciousness, McGill described her attacker as a black man in his 30s with "a bad eye." Police don't have any further details about what a "bad eye" entails. McGill died on the way to the hospital.

The weapon used to kill McGill has not yet been located. Spokane Police Major Craig Meidl said police won't be releasing specially what type of weapon they believe it was because of the ongoing investigation.

Police quickly announced they were making this case a top priority at the department. For several days, police have been compiling a list of people with violent criminal records who fit the killer's description. Major Meidl said the list has at least two-dozen names so far. Police said they plan to contact those men to see if they have any information and hopefully quickly narrow the list.

Since the stabbing, police have received hundreds of tips from the community including "sightings" of men citizens believe match the murder suspect's description. Detectives are processing every tip.

"Every day we get closer if even only because we're ruling out people who weren't involved," Meidl said.

Detectives are working under one theory that the suspect might be a car prowler who sells or recycles batteries since they found a car battery at the crime scene that was "out of place." Police checked local recycling centers where car batteries are sold. In some cases, they are looking at surveillance video to see if they can find anyone who matches the murder suspect's description.

Police and family have no idea why anyone would target the local mom and Costco employee. McGill lived in a nearby apartment with her 24-year-old daughter, Billie McKinney.

On Friday, KHQ found McGill's funeral service is set for May 19th. That's according to McKinney's employer, Spokane Club.

Meanwhile, police urged citizens to be extra vigilant about their surroundings. If you know anything about the crime or see anyone who matches the suspect's description call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 or 800-222-TIPS.

KHQ will continue to bring you new information about the case as we get them.

 

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