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Cynthia Rearden

A woman's remains are found in a marshy area 8 months after she was last seen

  • Last updated: August 3, 2022
  • Monroe, WA
  • June 20, 1999

Overview of Cynthia Rearden

"It wasn't great growing up without a mom, so I'm not really fond of the person who did it," [Cynthia's son] told Lewis. "So I think they should get whatever they have coming to them."

Cynthia Rearden was a single mother who lived with her 8 year old son and fiance, and was working as a housekeeper in a motel. When she wasn't working she enjoyed spending time with her son, going on walks or fishing. Cynthia was killed 2 months before she was to be married. She had already bought her wedding dress and never got to wear it down the aisle.

Cynthia was last seen leaving the Hayloft Saloon at about 11:30 pm on the evening of June 20, 1999. The bar was located less than 1 mile from where she lived. Some witnesses stated that she left with some men, others said she had left alone. Cynthia's car was broken. She either decided to walk home or catch a ride with someone.

“I know my daughter,” Lane said. “I know she wouldn’t leave her son like that.”

Cynthia's remains were found 8 months later, on February 2, 2010, in a marshy area by a dirt driveway approximately 7 miles away from where she was last seen alive.

“She was my sweetheart,” he said. “Before I die I’d like to know who the hell killed her.”

Where the case stands today.

In 2009 the Sheriff's office released a photo of a sweater sleeve that was found near Cynthia's remains. So far, no one has come forward with information about the sweater or Cynthia's case. "Finding someone who was in possession of that garment would be a good lead to try and figure out who the killer could be," said Det. Jim Scharf of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit Cold Case Team. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office states that it is an active cold case. There has not been any reports of DNA evidence for Cynthia's case.


  1. Date Missing:June 20, 1999
  2. Date Found:February 10, 2000
  3. Birthday:April 17, 1968
  4. Age at Incident:31
  5. Race:Caucasian / White
  6. Gender:Female

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