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.
It took a Spokane County jury less than two days of deliberations to convict Clay Starbuck of murdering his ex-wife Chanin in December of 2011. Prosecutors pointed to a shaky alibi, a switched-off cell phone, and a neck swab that was a partial match to male Starbuck DNA. Nearly a decade later, the Washington Innocence Project is involved and pushing to get never before tested evidence in the system. The Starbuck children have never wavered in their support for their father.
The Hanging on Tubbs Hill
In April of 1996, 17-year-old Jeremiah Taraba was found hanging from a tree on Tubbs Hill. It was quickly labeled a suicide. More than four years after the death, his body was exhumed for autopsy. Still, his family and the many others who have looked into this case have far more questions than answers. Was this a tragic suicide, or a calculated cover-up?
Rage at the Rodeway
In 2020, 24-year-old Makayla Young was stabbed dozens of times and nearly decapitated by a man she was dating. Anthony Fuerte entered a plea of guilty to the murder in April and will be sentenced May 24th. The family is asking anyone touched by this story to send statements for the judge to review prior to sentencing.
The Good Fight
Sarah Q. Gardner was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and community leader. That's what made her brutal murder so shocking. She was found stabbed nearly 50 times inside her Spokane beauty salon. No one has ever been arrested in connection to the homicide.
The Deadly Getaway
Ian Eckles went to Kittitas County to go turkey hunting with friends in May of 2020. Ian never showed up to meet them. While looking for clues, friends saw a man driving Ian's vehicle. A three-week search for that armed suspect, since identified as Jorge Alcantara Gonzalez, followed in what has been called the biggest manhunt in county history. Even though he was eventually found and charged with taking Ian's property, the investigation into Ian's death and search for his body continues.
This episode digs into the disappearances of three adults, all with ties to Stevens County. Doyle Putnam, 65, vanished near Ford. Guy Geyer, 61, disappeared without a trace outside of Chewelah. Melinda Lopez had ties to Stevens County, but the 35-year-old was last spotted in Newport. While no one believes these cases are connected, their families fear there could be as many killers as there are cases. Someone knows something. Is it you?
The reporter does an excellent job on these cases , bringing the victim to life so we know what they were like. It’s done very respectfully. You can hear the emotion in the reporter’s voice just as much as the family’s. It must be extremely hard to interview them and ask all the pertinent questions. Very well done. I hope these families get the answers they are waiting for.
Hayley’s selfless approach to newscasting is refreshing and inspiring. I’d highly recommend this podcast!
It would be great if you included the subject’s name in each description. Links to local coverage would be nice too. Still deciding if this is worth following.