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Remains found near golf course -- Investigators ID bones as those of Green River victim

By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald

While golfers casually chipped and putted away a sunny Sunday afternoon, investigators searched a small ravine just 100 yards away, looking for human remains that were later linked to the Green River serial killing spree.

One of the nation's foremost crime stories turned its attention to Enumclaw over the weekend, when human skeletal remains, including a skull, were discovered.

On Monday, things took a dramatic turn, as the Enumclaw bones were reported to be those of 16-year-old Pammy Annette Avent. The Seattle girl had been listed as a Green River victim since her disappearance in October 1983.

Her remains were identified through dental records, and the cause of death had not been released as of Monday afternoon.

The weekend discovery wasn't accidental, as dozens of volunteers were assisting detectives in the search. Under close scrutiny was a small area, about half an acre, down an embankment on the south side of state Route 410. It was reported an Explorer Scout found the first bone late Saturday morning, and the skull was recovered a bit later.

Authorities were tight-lipped when asked about that specific site. There has been speculation that Gary L. Ridgway, who has been charged with seven murders linked to the Green River case, has been cooperating with authorities, indicating where remaining bodies might be located in exchange for being spared the death penalty.

In all, the Green River case involves 49 murdered or missing women; 42 bodies have been recovered and authorities are quick to point out it's too early to determine if Saturday's discovery is linked to the Green River case.

This is not the first time remains linked to the Green River case have turned up in the area. In 1984, bones from three victims linked to the case were found along state Route 410, all east of Enumclaw.

Kevin Hanson can be reached at khanson@courierherald.com

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