Stodden cleared in murders of his wife and daughter 12 years ago
Minutes after detectives asked if he killed his family, David Stodden walked out of the Snohomish County Courthouse Wednesday.
He was upset, but admits he felt vindicated.
It was the third tme Stodden had been asked to take a polygraph test in connection with the July 2006 murders of his wife, Mary, and daughter, Susanna.
“They sort of said they weren’t going to work on the case until I passed a polygraph, so I did finally decide to take it,” Stodden said.
Courtney O’Keefe, a spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that cold case detectives asked Stodden to take the test.
“He did pass his polygraph test today and at this point they do not believe he is involved in this case,” O’Keefe said. “At this point, there is no new information, no new suspects.”
Mary Cooper, 56, and Susanna Stodden, 27, were shot to death on July 11, 2006. The mother and daughter, a school librarian and soon-to-be teacher, had been shot while hiking in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls.
Over the years, David Stodden has posted fliers and placed ads in the newspaper in search of information. He has regularly hiked the same trail where the women were killed, often bringing reporters with him. He and his family walk Green Lake on the anniversary of the slayings in honor of the women.
“I’ll just say I’m still thinking about them many, many times every day,” Stodden said Wednesday, crying. “They were just on a hike, like tens of thousands of people in the Northwest do every day.”
Stodden has been frustrated with investigators. He said they tell him they’re short-staffed, or they have limited resources. He said that he has offered to drum up tips or hire a private investigator and been rebuffed.
“We need information, tips, suspect information, anyone who has heard something, seen something, anything that could lead to a person being connected to this case,” O’Keefe said Wednesday.
Stodden said the demand that he take another polygraph test, even after he had taken other tests as well as submitted DNA, was “insulting.”
“It seems undignified, I guess. There’s no evidence I was involved at all. I wish they would look for more evidence,” Stodden said.
Stodden said he’s not going to stop pushing on the sheriff’s office, or trying to generate media interest in the case.
“I’m not ready to accept it will never be solved, but it is going to take somebody from the public coming forward, I really believe with good information who’s willing to have some courage,” he said.