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Washed Away

A podcast that breathes new life into Washington state's coldest cases. Host, Ashley Smith, talks to experts and family members. Can she help solve these mysteries or have all the answers been... washed away?

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Mary Cooper and Susanna Stodden

It’s no secret that nature is one of the things people love the most about the Pacific Northwest. And the outdoors are supposed to be a peaceful place, where you can go to clear your head and escape from the real world. So when two avid hikers, who spent a lot of their time outdoors, were seemingly executed on a trail in 2006, it was a harsh reality check for people here in Washington State. And it was a complete nightmare for the victims’ family. On this episode of Washed Away, I’m covering the unsolved murders of mother and daughter, Mary Cooper and Susanna Stodden. Plus David Stodden tells me about his loved ones and Josh Hallmark from True Crime BS shares insight from his coverage of serial killer, Israel Keyes. Show notes can be found at washedawaypodcast.com

26mins

14 Oct 2021

Rank #1

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Tanya Frazier

1994 was a year that would forever change the city of Seattle. From the suicide of Kurt Cobain to the launch of Amazon dot com, it was a uniquely important year that would go down in the city’s history books and news archives. But something else happened that year that most people haven’t heard about… until now. On this episode of Washed Away, I’m covering the tragic kidnapping and murder of 14 year old Tanya Frazier. And I'm joined by Tanya's loved ones: Teara Frazier and Sherry Mammoser. (CW: Murder, Sexual Assault)

24mins

5 Aug 2021

Rank #2

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Bonus: The Twin Peaks Murder

There’s an unsolved murder that took place almost 3,000 miles away from Washington state and yet it remains linked to this part of the country because of a cult TV show from the 90s. This special episode of Washed Away for the North Bend Film Festival is all about Hazel Drew, the woman whose mysterious death was used as inspiration for Twin Peaks.

11mins

22 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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GRK's Other Victims

Gary Ridgway AKA the Green River Killer murdered women in Washington state from 1982 to 1998, but possibly could have continued killing until 2001 when he was finally apprehended. Ridgway confessed to 71 murders but was only prosecuted for 49. So who are these other 22 victims? A local true crime researcher has put together an extensive list of murdered, missing, and unidentified women- to try and figure that out. On this episode of Washed Away we’ll be talking about the unknown victims of the Green River Killer. Show notes can be found at washedawaypodcast.com

21mins

25 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Ann Marie Burr

The case I’m covering on this episode of Washed Away comes from Tacoma, Washington and involves a missing little girl, a DNA scavenger hunt, and a possible serial killer suspect. Oh and this case has been cold for almost 60 years. Let me tell you about the disappearance of Ann Marie Burr. Plus retired detective Lindsey Wade not only discusses her work on this mystery, but also how she managed to track down Ted Bundy's DNA. Show notes can be found at washedawaypodcast.com 

23mins

21 May 2021

Rank #5

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Logan Schiendelman

A teenager from Tumwater woke up one morning, told his grandmother he had an epiphany, and then seemingly vanished off the face of the earth. He left behind his phone and wallet and soon his car was spotted several times on I-5, sometimes parked on the side of the road, but eventually drifting across several lanes of traffic. On this episode of Washed Away, I’m gonna tell you about one of the strangest missing persons cases that Washington state has seen in a long time. What the heck happened to Logan Schiendelman? James Baysinger from Hide and Seek provides insight from his investigation. Show notes can be found at washedawaypodcast.com 

16mins

22 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Karen Bodine and Nancy Moyer

Today's episode is focused on two separate cases instead of the usual one and I interview two daughters, who are not related, but definitely know each other. One is Sam Moyer, whose mother Nancy went missing in Tenino, Washington in 2009. The other is Karlee Bodine, whose mother Karen was murdered in Rochester, Washington in 2007. While Nancy and Karen may have never known each other, their children have bonded over a shared fight - for justice. This is Washed Away. Show notes can be found at washedawaypodcast.com (CW: Murder)

24mins

4 Mar 2021

Rank #7

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Sofia Juarez

On February 4th, 2003 a little girl left her home in Kennewick for a quick trip to the store, just a few blocks away. She was supposed to be getting in the car of a family friend who had just left, but when he later returned without her… the family realized that there had been a huge miscommunication. It’s the case that triggered the first-ever Amber Alert here in Washington state. This episode of Washed Away is about the disappearance of Sofia Juarez. And I talk to someone who was at the scene of the crime the night she went missing, Commander Randy Maynard. Show notes can be found at cosmicbigfoot.com/washedaway.

22mins

18 Feb 2021

Rank #8

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Bonus: The Hahn Mansion

Spooky season is by far my favorite time of year, so I wanted to release a special episode of Washed Away to celebrate. You'll hear me talking to a paranormal investigator out of Spokane, Amanda Paulson, as she tells me about her experiences at some of Eastern Washington's most haunted locations. There's some history, mystery, ghosts, and even a little bit of murder. Consider this your content warning, though truly this episode is much more casual and lighthearted than usual... in my opinion. Hope you enjoy it and Happy Halloween!

22mins

30 Oct 2020

Rank #9

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Helen Doe

This is an interesting and unique case because it doesn't involve a murder or a suicide - there wasn't necessarily anything nefarious going on at all - it was just a tragic accident that became an ongoing mystery. Who was the hitchhiker that died in a truck collision near Mount St. Helens in 1991? Let's try to find out on this episode of Washed Away. Detective Sergeant Stacy Moate and Carri Gordon, the Program Manager of the WSP Missing and Unidentified Persons Unit both help me tell this story. Show notes can be found at washedawaypodcast.com.

14mins

22 Oct 2020

Rank #10