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Police Seek Information in Suspicious Death

Post Date:02/05/2020 3:31 PM

For Immediate Release

Laura Wohl, PIO
360-754-4213 | 360-890-0274 cell

DNA test used to positively identify human remains

Tumwater, WA—On January 23, 2020, the Tumwater Police Department received confirmation on the identity of human remains that were recovered from a wooded area in the 2500 block of Sapp Rd SW, Tumwater, in May 2019. DNA extracted from the remains and processed by the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, provided the identity of the female decedent. The remains have been positively identified as belonging to Danielle J. Griffith, born in 1997. The remains were discovered by the property owners while conducting land clearing with excavation machinery.Danielle Griffith

Griffith was entered as a missing person by the Olympia Police Department in 2016 when it was reported she had stopped communicating with family members and her whereabouts were unknown.

Based on the circumstances of this case, it is being investigated as a suspicious death. The condition of the remains, as recovered by investigators, lead investigators to no immediate cause or manner of death. The family has now been notified of the discovery and identity of the remains. This is an ongoing investigation in conjunction with the Thurston County Coroner’s Office. Investigators are currently trying to establish a timeline of events that led up to Griffith’s disappearance, as well as identify family and/or friends who last had contact with her. The family last had communication with Griffith in August 2014.

Tumwater Police Department is seeking the public’s help with establishing a timeline of events leading up to Griffith's disappearance. Additionally, we are seeking information from friends and/or family who may have had contact with her or can identify known associates of Griffith between 2014-2018.

Anyone with information or tips is requested to contact the Tumwater Police Department at (360) 754-4192. If you would like to remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers of South Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Please reference case no. 2019-01027.

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