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Murdered: Alice Looney


Today I am joined by Josh Hallmark from the podcast, True Crime Bullshit to discuss the murder of Alice Ida Looney.


At around midnight on August 16, 2004, 38-year-old Alice Looney was dropped off at a store in Wapato, Washington, on the Yakama Indian Reservation. This was the last confirmed sighting of her.


Over a year later, in November 2005, Alice's remains were discovered on an island in Status Creek, located on public land off Highway 22. Her cause of her death remains unknown; however, investigators believe it’s possible she was strangled, and some theorize she may have been a victim of the serial killer, Israel Keyes.


Anyone with information about the death of Alice Ida Looney is asked to call the Yakama Nation Police Department at (509) 865-2933 or the Yakima FBI office at (509) 453-4859.


Another huge thank you to Josh Hallmark for participating in this episode. Learn more about Josh and his work at https://www.bothand.fyi/





Sources:

  1. “2022 Interim Report of the Washington State Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIWP) Task Force.” MMIWP Task Force, retrieved 24 Aug. 2023, https://agportal-s3bucket.s3.amazonaws.com/uploadedfiles/Another/News/Press_Releases/MMIWP%20Interim%20Report%202022.pdf

  2. “Alice Ida Looney.” Yakima Herald-Republic-Republic, 3 Dec. 2005, https://www.genealogybank.com/nbshare/AC01190219222542048471692828920

  3. Ayer, Tammy. “'We just want to know what happened:’ Questions remain in mysterious death of Yakama woman.” Yakima Herald-Republic, 7 Dec. 2020, https://www.yakimaherald.com/thevanished/we-just-want-to-know-what-happened-questions-remain-in-mysterious-death-of-yakama-woman/article_33515455-344f-58a5-afa6-f13973d91cab.html

  4. Dietrich-Williams, Ayn. “Results of FBI Analysis of Reservation Deaths Announced.” FBI, 6 May 2009, https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/seattle/press-releases/2009/se050609-1.htm

  5. Hallmark, Josh. “0212: Alice & Denise.” True Crime Bullsh**, 6 Dec. 2019, https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/true-crime-bullsh-760249/episodes/0212-alice-denise-49135723

  6. “Israel Keyes Part 07 of 08.” FBI Records: The Vault, retrieved 25 Aug. 2023, https://vault.fbi.gov/israel-keyes/israel-keyes-part-07-of-08/view

  7. “Reservation deaths not serial killings.” Associated Press, 8 May 2009, https://www.newspapers.com/image/578361557/?terms=%22Alice%20Ida%20Looney%22&match=1

  8. Spears, Michael. “Posada acquitted of 1987 murder of Toppenish woman.” KIMA, 15 Dec. 2011, https://kimatv.com/news/local/posada-acquitted-of-1987-murder-of-toppenish-woman

  9. Ray, Amanda. “The Vanished.” Yakima Herald-Republic, 4 May 2023, https://www.yakimaherald.com/special_projects/vanished/missing/stories/the-vanished-list-of-those-missing-murdered-on-and-near-yakama-reservation/article_d637a8ec-1ed5-5523-83ab-b7375d3bd4a9.html

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