UPDATE: Body Found Off Of Highway 195 Identified

UPDATE: The decomposing body found on Sunday has been identified as 20-year-old Kala Williams of Spokane, according to Kala's family. According to her family they feared for her safety. We're working on getting you more details. Look for advancing coverage on this story tonight on KHQ Local News at 5 and 6.

Spokane Police Department Press Release:

Spokane Police continue their investigation of a decomposed body found near 14th and Milton St. Sunday afternoon.  Major Crimes Detectives have been on scene all day, recovering evidence and processing the scene.  An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, at which point an identification should be made.

Details:  Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives and Forensic specialists have been on the scene near 14th and Milton all day today. Routinely, Investigators utilize a "total station" mapping unit to record measurements of a scene.  Obtaining a clear line of sight to obtain these measurements was nearly impossible, due to the heavily wooded area of the body. 

Detectives received assistance from a member of the Spokane County 911 team, who was able to provide an enhanced GPS device, the IKE GPS 300.  This device was able to obtain the necessary measurements needed for the investigation.  

Once the evidence was collected, the body was removed by the Medical Examiner's Office, and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.  The identity of the body will be released once confirmation has been made and next of kin has been notified. 

Spokane Police appreciate the patience of neighbors in this area, as police have been on scene standing guard since yesterday afternoon.

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the discovery of a body found in the woods off of Highway 195 near 14th and Lindeke.

Police say some kids were walking in the wooded area just before 5:00pm Sunday evening. Police immediately set up a crime scene area to investigate.

Details are limited at this time, but police did say they found what appears to be human remains at least 100 yards off of 14th in an open wooded area. At this time they don't know if the body is that of a man, woman, adult, or child. They also can't say at this time how long it appears to have been in the area.

Right now police have a square block shut down between 13th & 14th and Lindeke & Milton. Police say once they lose daylight, they will have to stop the investigation and pick it up Monday morning. The area will remain closed overnight with police guarding the crime scene.

KHQ will continue to following this developing story and will provide an update right here on khq.com and on KHQ Local News as soon as any new information becomes available.

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