Since the April 2016 implementation of retrocession, there have been 25 homicides and three people have gone missing. Some of the cases have been solved while others are still under investigation. Here are brief descriptions of each one:
May 5 — Allilia Minthorn, 25, was reported missing in the Missing And Taken Indigenous People page on Facebook.
May 31 — The body of Oscar Rangel, 24, was found shot to death in a field off of North Manor Road outside Wapato.
June 8 — The abandoned car of Josiah Hilderbrand, 25, of Piercy and Jon Cleary, 47, was found abandoned in an orchard at 8100 Lateral B Road. The California men were headed to a concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre.
June 8 — John Cagle, 59, Michelle Starnes, 51, Catherine Eneas-Squeochs, 49, Dennis Overacker, 61, and Thomas Hernandez, 36, were shot to death at a trailer in the 5100 block of Medicine Valley Road in White Swan. Four suspects, James Cloud, 35, Donovan Cloud, 32, Morris Bruce Jackson and Natasha Mae Jackson, have been arrested.
July 4 — Rosenda Strong’s remains were found in a freezer in the 64000 block of U.S. Highway 97 outside Toppenish. She was last seen Oct. 2, 2018.
Aug. 7 — Gail Teo’s body was found wrapped in plastic, duct tape and a carpet at her home in the 400 block of First Street in White Swan. Authorities said she was shot in the back. Suspect Michael Anthony Davis, 27, has been arrested.
March 27 — Johan Sabastian Martinez, 21, of Texas was found buried in a fire pit in the 5000 block of Medicine Valley Road in White Swan. The FBI has ruled it a homicide and is investigating.
Aug. 11 — Joshua Cristian Owens, 15, died after being shot multiple times near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and North A Street in Toppenish.
Aug. 17 — John Sampson, 53, died at a local hospital after being found with severe head injury in a parking lot in the 700 block of West First Street in Wapato. The FBI is seeking information about Sampson’s death.
Nov. 28 — The remains of Jedidah Moreno, 30, were found in an area of the Yakama reservation closed to non-tribal members. She had been shot. She went missing in September.
Feb. 15 — Linda Dave’s body was found at the intersection of Marian Drain Road and U.S. Highway 97. Dave, 38, died of a gunshot wound to the stomach.
March 27 — Ronald Alex Jim, 31, died after suffering a head injury during a fistfight at 410 Adams View Road in Wapato. Nolan Patrick John III, 25, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 6½ years in prison.
July 7 — Isaiah Andrews, 20, was shot to death outside his home in the 300 block of Donald Road in Wapato. Deryk Alexander Donato, 25, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
July 9 — Minnie Andy, 31, was assaulted in the 70 block of Egan Road in Wapato. She suffered blunt force trauma injuries to her head and chest and died at a local hospital. Christopher Levonn Lagmay, 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the matter but later released after the indictment was dismissed without prejudice.
July 14 — Basil Emmons, 68, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in the 200 block of Wanity Park Drive outside Toppenish. Emmons’ nephew, Justin Michael Barnett, was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
July 19 — Waylon Owens, 23, died after being shot in the chest in the 200 block of South Elm Street in Toppenish.
Aug. 31 — Anthony Wahsise Sr., 58, of Wapato was reported missing. He was last seen Aug. 1 in Wapato.
Sept. 18 — Neil Cloud, 20, was found stabbed to death on Towtnuk Road in Medicine Valley west of White Swan. Donovan Culps, 36, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in another homicide, also was a suspect in Cloud’s death along with co-defendant George Skyhawk Thompson.
Oct. 17 — Jeremiah Whitefoot, 16, was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking in the 3500 block of South Wapato Road, about 4 miles west of Toppenish.
Dec. 11 — The body of 15-year-old Wilson Winters was found on Coburn Loop Road about a half-mile west of White Swan. He died of blunt force trauma that appeared to have been caused by a hit-and-run, the Yakima County coroner said.
Dec. 25 — Dale Barr, 38, died after being shot multiple times and put in a shed that was set on fire at 481 Butler Road in Wapato.
Dec. 29 — The body of Destiny Lloyd, 23, was found near the intersection of Marion Drain and Harrah roads just south of Harrah. An autopsy revealed she died of a basal skull fracture.
May 5 — Felina Metsker’s body was found southwest of White Swan in a closed area of the Yakama reservation. The 33-year-old was last seen March 25 at her trailer on Barkes Road near Harrah. George Skylar Cloud, 22, was convicted of murder. His two cousins, Nicole Lee Sunny Cloud, 30, and her sister, Kristen Ashlie Windy Cloud, 38, pleaded guilty to accessory. Neil Cloud, 20, also a suspect, was killed before being tried.
Nov. 28 — Anthony Sanchey, 74, was shot to death in the 200 block of Sumac Road outside Wapato. Carroll Sanchey was critically wounded in the shooting. Jenifer Douglas, 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 29 years in prison.