Murdered, missing and mysterious deaths of Native girls and women on or near the Yakama Reservation and in urban areas:
This list, compiled from Yakima Herald-Republic archives, law enforcement, online and social media sources, is not complete. Email Tammy Ayer at email@example.com if you have filed a report with a law enforcement agency about a missing person and want to add your loved one to this list, or would like to add other information.
• Rosalita “Rose” Longee, 18, went missing from Wapato on June 30, 2015, notes information at The Charley Project website, http://charleyproject.org. The Charley Project, founded in 2004, has details on hundreds of missing persons cases from throughout the county. Longee left her residence after an argument and has never been heard from again, according to the website.
• Roberta "Bertie" Jean Ranes, 37, was last seen in July 2001 with a man who has told authorities that he last saw her in Mexico. Her missing person case remains open with the Toppenish Police Department. Her last name has also been spelled as Raines.
• Eleanor M. Trujillo, 37, went missing from Yakima on Feb. 1, 1996, according to a list of missing Indigenous people published in a tribal liaison update on the Washington State Patrol blog, InsideOut, on March 10, 2021. Her case remains active with the Yakima Police Department.
• Daisy Mae Heath, 29, was reported missing on Oct. 29, 1987, and 10 years later was declared legally dead. Her backpack, keys and turquoise ring were found on land northwest of White Swan in a closed, remote area of the reservation. Her NamUS case notes that Daisy was last seen around the end of August 1987. She lived in White Swan when she went missing. She grew up as Daisy Mae Tallman, which was her mother's married name, but changed her last name to her father's name shortly before she went missing. The FBI has referred to her disappearance as a suspected homicide.
• Karen Louise Johnley Wallahee, 29, was reported missing on Nov. 9, 1987. Her name was on a reward list circulated by a local group called Yakamas for Justice and by tribal police. She was last seen by a relative at the Lazy R Tavern in Harrah on the evening of Nov. 7, 1987.
• Janice Marie Hannigan, 16, disappeared after she was discharged from the hospital on Christmas Eve 1971 for treatment of numerous bruises on her head and chest. She was a sophomore at White Swan High School. See her case at The Charley Project here.
• Echo Kay Littlewolf, 31. Her mother, Jeanette Osborn, found Littlewolf's remains in a field outside Wapato on Aug. 15, 2017. Littlewolf had camped there off and on for a few years and had not been seen by family who lived nearby for a week. While the Yakima County Coroner’s Office listed Littlewolf's manner of death as natural, her mother still questions how she died.
• Skeletal remains found in late 2008 in a remote part of the Yakama Reservation. The FBI Seattle office mentioned the remains in early May 2009, when announcing the results of the FBI's approximately two-year-long analysis of reservation deaths that followed a March 2006 meeting with then-United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the reservation. In early May 2009, Special Agents were awaiting mitochondrial DNA test results on those remains, which they said then might be those of Daisy Heath. But the FBI lab determined there was insufficient evidence to conclude the remains were hers, and the FBI will not release further information on the remains.
• Alice Ida Looney, 38. She was reported missing on Aug. 16, 2004. A hunter found her body Nov. 30, 2005, wedged under a tree on a small island in Satus Creek, about 12 miles southwest of Toppenish.
• Teresa R. Stahi, 25. Her clothed body was pulled from a fish screen in a diversion canal off Toppenish Creek south of Granger on July 7, 1987. An autopsy concluded she drowned and had been in the water less than 12 hours. The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said it ruled out foul play. However, an FBI memo listed Stahi’s case as a “mysterious death matter.”
• Sarah Dee Winnier, 24. She was found at 3:30 a.m. July 22, 1985, sitting upright in the driver’s seat of a burning car off McDonald Road about half a mile from Highway 97. Her body was badly burned and the coroner used dental records to identify her. Winnier lived in a remote part of the reservation and had worked at the Save More Grocery in Wapato after moving back to the area from California.
• Celestine Spencer, 21, of Wapato. Spencer went missing for about two weeks before her body was found Nov. 11, 1982, at the bottom of a gully in a field off McCullough Road along the north slope of Ahtanum Ridge.
• Lesora Yvette Eli, 19. A farmer found her fully clothed body face down in a drainage ditch along Parton Road near Toppenish on Feb. 2, 1982. While the Yakima County Coroner’s Office listed the death as accidental drowning, FBI investigators in a memo that year described it as a possible homicide.
• Sheila Pearl Lewis, 33, of Yakima. Her body was found Aug. 3, 1980, near Parker Dam south of Union Gap. She died of massive internal injuries, possibly as a result of being hit by a car or truck. She had been living in Yakima and worked for the state Department of Social and Health Services.
• Tiana Lee Rain Cloud, 20, was shot to death around 11 p.m. March 30, 2021 in a home in the 3100 block of South Wapato Road, roughly 2.5 miles south of Wapato and 4 miles west of Toppenish. Yakima County sheriff’s deputies were initially called and found injured people at the scene. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the FBI at 206-622-0460 or go online at https://tips.fbi.gov.
• Angela Marie Heath, 41, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as she tried to cross the street in the intersection of U.S. 97 and South Wapato Road about 11:30 p.m. on April 5, 2019. Washington State Patrol is investigating.
• Rosenda Strong, 31, was reported missing on Oct. 2, 2018, after she disappeared around Sept. 30. She had gotten a ride to Legends Casino just a few miles from her home and was last seen at the casino. Her remains were found July 4, 2019 in an abandoned freezer outside Toppenish. Anyone with information is asked to call the Yakama Nation Police Department at 509-865-2933 or the FBI at 509-990-0857 regarding case number 18-010803.
• Destiny Louise Lloyd, 23, of Wapato. She was reported missing on Christmas Day 2017 and her body was found four days later off Marion Drain Road near Harrah Road south of Harrah.
• Minnie Rainbow Andy, 31, of Wapato. Andy died from blunt force trauma to the head in July 2017 after being assaulted at 70 Egan Road in Wapato.
• Linda Dave, 39. Dave’s body was discovered in February 2017 in the water beneath a bridge on U.S. Highway 97 near Toppenish. She had suffered a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Authorities confirmed her identity in March 2018.
• Naoma Alexandra George, 33. A mother of eight, George was beaten to death in an alley in Wapato early on Oct. 15, 2013.
• Charmaine Sanchey, 47; Toni Marie Green, 43, and Steve Alvarado, 52. Their beaten and stabbed bodies were found in a small trailer outside Toppenish on Jan. 16, 2003. Charmaine Sanchey’s brother, Arthur Joseph Sanchey, was the primary suspect, but was acquitted of charges in July 2004.
• Barbara Celestine, 44. Celestine died Sept. 5, 2005, from blunt trauma to the head while at a house in the Apas Goudy housing project in Wapato.
• Shari Dee Sampson Elwell, 30, of Wapato. Her sexually mutilated body was found Dec. 30, 1992, by a group of hunters northwest of White Swan in the closed and remote area of the Yakama Reservation. Autopsy reports indicate she had been strangled. Elwell’s family reported not seeing her for weeks.
• JoAnne Betty (Wyman) John, 44, of Wapato. Her skull and bone fragments were found Feb. 2, 1991, near Mill Creek southwest of White Swan. She was identified through dental records. The mother of 11 children, she had been listed as missing since Aug. 1, 1988. She was last seen at the Brownstown tavern. Coroner’s records list cause of death as “homicidal violence.”
• Rozelia Lou (Tulee) Sohappy, 31, of Brownstown. Her partially clothed body was found March 13, 1989, in a remote ravine along the south slope of Ahtanum Ridge north of Brownstown. She was identified through dental records, and an autopsy concluded she had been strangled. She was last seen New Year’s Eve 1988.
• Skeletal remains of an unidentified woman, believed to be Native or Latina and in her late 20s or early 30s. The remains were found Feb. 16, 1988, near Parker Dam. The woman had long black hair approximately 12 inches long. She was found wearing bowling shoes, lavender pants and a shirt with lavender tones and a Spanish label. No cause of death has ever been determined, but the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office considers it a homicide and is working with the Yakima County coroner to exhume her remains for possible identification.
• Jenece Marie Wilson, 20, of Toppenish. Her partially clothed body was found Aug. 8, 1987, in a remote area near Cherry Hill. She died of a severe blow to the head. She was last seen four days earlier leaving a party near Granger to hitchhike to Sunnyside. Samuel Posada of Hermiston, Ore., was arrested in 2009 and was acquitted in late 2011.
• Babette Crystall Greene, 26, of Toppenish. A member of the Warm Springs tribe in Oregon, her skeletal remains were found during the summer of 1987 off North Track Road near Wapato. Coroner’s records listed her death as “homicidal violence.”
• Clydell Alice Sampson, 25, of Klickitat. Her skeletal remains were found by hunters Dec. 28, 1986, below Hambre Butte south of Granger. An autopsy conducted by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined she died of a shotgun blast to the head. She was last seen two years earlier.
• Mavis Josephine McKay, 33, a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She was found murdered in an irrigation ditch outside Toppenish on Aug. 13, 1957.
Yakamas in urban areas
• Sandra Lee Smiscon, 45, died of gunshot wounds in 2003 in Seattle when a man apparently angered after someone nearby set off firecrackers pulled out his gun and fired, then walked away. She lived in and traveled between Seattle and Wapato. Those with any information about her murder should call the Seattle Police Department homicide tip line at 206-233-5000.
In the court system
• Maria Martinez, 50, and Shante Barney, 23, were stabbed to death on April 9, 2020 in a trailer home near Brownstown. Edward Charles Robinson has been charged in federal court with with two counts of first-degree murder and a single count of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with deaths of his mother and sister-in-law. His trial is set to begin May 16, 2022.
• Alillia “Lala” Minthorn, 25, was last seen in Toppenish in early May 2019. Her body was found May 29, 2019 in a remote location on Ahtanum Ridge north of Brownstown, where a witness had told investigators she was shot May 3. Jordan Everett Stevens, 29, was found guilty of first-degree murder on June 10, 2021 in her shooting death. The jury also found him guilty of discharging a firearm while committing a crime. His sentencing is set for Dec. 15, 2021.
• Catherine Eneas-Squeochs, 49, was among five people shot to death in the 5100 block of Medicine Valley Road in White Swan on June 8, 2019. James Dean Cloud was indicted on first-degree murder charges in U.S. District Court. He and another man, Donovan Quinn Carter Cloud, face several federal charges. Their trial is scheduled to take place in February 2022.
• Gail Teo, 63, of White Swan was found dead in her home on the evening of Aug. 7, 2019. She was wrapped in plastic and a rug, with stab wounds to her neck and a gunshot wound in her back, according to court documents. Security video from her home showed a man later identified as Michael Anthony Davis, 26, confront Teo inside the house hours earlier and attack her with what appeared to be pruning shears, court documents said. Davis is charged with aggravated first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in Yakima County Superior Court and his trial is set for Feb. 28, 2022.
Closed in the court system
• Felina Blanch Metsker, 33, was reported missing on April 1, 2016. The former White Swan resident was staying on Barkes Road near Harrah at the time. Searchers found remains of an adult female in a remote area south of White Swan on May 5, 2016. They were identified as Metsker’s about a year later. George Cloud was found guilty by a federal jury in January 2019 of first-degree murder and using a firearm in a violent crime in connection with Metsker’s death. He was sentenced in May 2019 to life without parole. Sisters Nicole Lee Sunny Cloud and Kristen Ashlie Windy Cloud each pleaded guilty to one count of misprison of felony in the case and were sentenced.
• Agnes Whitefoot Lora, 38, was murdered in the Yakama Nation Housing Authority's Apas Goudy rental housing park in Wapato on April 15, 1994. She died of internal injuries. Two Native juvenile males were arrested in connection with her death in late June of that year.
• Barbara Jean Whitesell, 19, was raped and strangled near Troutdale, Ore., on July 13, 1990. Marcus William Blalock, 19, and another young man were arrested; charges against the other man were later dropped. Blalock was sentenced in October 1991 and is serving a life term at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla, Ore.
• Rose Lonewarrior Rodriguez Sanchez, 26, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, Ignacio Serrano Casares, in Yakima on Palm Sunday 1980. He was convicted in January 1998 and sentenced that May. He died of natural causes.