The body found in the trunk of a car at a Graham auto yard in December has been identified as a woman who was reported missing one week earlier.
GRAHAM, Wash. — The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the body found in the trunk of a car in Graham in December as a woman who was reported missing one week earlier.
The medical examiner has identified the woman as 41-year-old Patricia “Tricia” Soto who was reportedly last seen on Nov. 7 in Burien. Soto was reported missing by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 16.
Pierce County deputies found Soto deceased in a car at an auto yard on Dec. 21 while assisting with another investigation. They were looking into a vehicle when they found Soto’s body. The auto yard sells parts for cars and stores a number of vehicles, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Darren Moss.
Soto’s manner of death is still pending, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death as a homicide.
King County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tim Meyer said the investigation is looking into Soto’s ties around Des Moines, Burien and south King County and the events that lead to her being found in Pierce County.
“We also have time from that initial missing persons report until the unfortunate discovery of her remains,” said Meyer. “Time and distance complicate a case.”