The bones of a mother of three who went missing in Washington state were discovered this month outside an abandoned barn. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has said they are treating Joanna Speaks’ de@th as suspicious and have opened a mu*der investigation.
The 32-year-old Speaks was found de@d on April 8 outside of a barn in rural Ridgefield, Washington, and “there are indications the body was moved to this location,” according to a press statement from the sheriff’s office.
The medical examiner ruled that Speaks died of blunt force injury!es to the head and neck, as reported by KGW-TV. Her sister Robyn Speaks told the channel, “It just doesn’t make sense.”
“It keeps me up at night thinking that whoever did this to her, blunt force trauma to the head and neck, I mean that is v!olent, and that person is walking around,” Speaks’ stepsister Ariel Hamby said. Speaks is survived by a daughter, age 7, and two sons, ages 13 and 16. According to the media source, the family’s last communication with Speaks was in March.
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“You can tell [the children are] sad,” said Hamby. “They’ve broken down the first couple of days, but now it’s like they’re trying to avoid talking about it.” No suspect has been named, and no official reason for the mu*der has been disclosed. CCSO may be reached at 564-397-2847 if anybody has any information on the case.