When she isn't anchoring weekend newscasts, KHQ's Hayley Guenthner produces investigative pieces and covers crime all over the Inland Northwest. The Q6 Cold Case podcast reveals some of Spokane's most notorious, if not forgotten, crime cases.
The Last Block: SOLVED
Five-year-old Siobhan McGuinness was walking home in Missoula, Montana in February of 1974. The distance was very short, but just long enough for a killer to find her. After more than 45 years, that killer (since deceased) has now been identified through a familial DNA hit. Richard William Davis had no ties to Siobhan or the community. Could the solving of her case bring the same closure for others throughout the country? Law enforcement and her family hope so.
A Mystery in the Mountains
In April of 2003, 19-year-old Casey D. Burke vanished. He was last seen near a video rental store in Nespelem, Washington. Casey's family says there have been no shortage of rumors about what happened. The one they believe is that Casey was beaten to death with a wrench and dumped in the mountains. Multiple agencies have searched for the truth, including the FBI. More than 17 years later, there are still far more questions than answers.
In July of 2015, 76-year-old John Sevy went outside of his Kettle Falls home to investigate a strange noise. He crawled back to his front door covered in blood 30 minutes later. Initially, they suspected the injuries were the result of a terrible accident. His own dying words set the record straight. The family believes he interrupted a burglary in progress and attacked as the suspects got away. Deputies also believe this was a murder. So why does the medical examiner have the case listed as undetermined?
A Secret to the Grave
In August of 2005, a 45-year-old wife and mother vanished in Post Falls. Police and family alike believe Roxann Tolson was murdered in a 'crime of passion.' Detectives have searched for answers everywhere from her own backyard to home foundations across the Inland Northwest.
Murder on Main Street
In March of 1996, 12-year-old Julie Harris vanished while walking to church in Stevens County. Julie's remains were found the following year. Her mother says the day she vanished, a witness saw Julie walking along Main Street with a tall man wearing a trench coat. Julie's mother fears that man may have been notorious serial killer Israel Keyes.
Nothing Good Happens after Midnight
The year was 1984. Debbi Finnern, 30, left all she knew in Omaha, Nebraska behind when she moved to Spokane. Her family believes just a few months after she arrived, she was murdered. Debbi's body was found with multiple stab wounds and evidence she fought back. There have been no shortage of theories on Debbi's case, but her case has gone cold. WOWT-TV in Omaha assisted in the production of this episode.