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Missing Carolyn Ruth Killaby
Killaby, circa 1995; Dennis Keith Smith
Missing Since 11/11/1995
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 10/02/1961 (59)
Age 34 years old
Height and Weight 5'6, 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Killaby has a scar on her left forearm, and her ears are pierced. Her maiden name is Lieb.
He stated a stranger accosted them in the parking lot and yelled at them, calling Killaby a name. Smith left the scene immediately afterward and drove away in his own vehicle. Just before midnight on the night of Killaby's disappearance, two witnesses called 911 to report hearing a woman screaming for help in a nearby field.
Killaby has never been heard from again. She wasn't officially reported missing for several days. Her 1991 Toyota Camry was left in the restaurant parking lot with no signs of entry, although there was a handwritten note about wanting to fly from Portland to Los Angeles. Her purse was missing and was never recovered. Killaby's husband stated it was uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.
A photo of Smith is posted with this case summary. He had a criminal record dating back to when he was nine years old, and was on parole for a murder conviction at the time of Killaby's disappearance. He had served ten years of a life sentence for the 1982 strangulation killing of his sister. Her body was found a week after she disappeared.
Authorities didn't believe his story about Killaby's disappearance, but when they tried to interview him again he had fled the state. He was charged with Killaby's murder in July 1996.
He remained a fugitive until September, when he was located in Florida. He had been shot in a fight with the police and critically injured. He recovered from his wounds and was extradited to Washington to face trial.
Following his arrest, Smith told investigators a second story: he said he and Killaby had consensual sex for 45 minutes in his pickup truck in the restaurant parking lot, then an unidentified man came up to the truck, hit Smith with a stick, dragged Killaby out of the truck by her hair and went away with her. He later identified Killaby's husband as the man.
Blood traces matching Killaby's DNA were found in Smith's truck; at the trial, his defense claimed this was consistent with his story of sexual intercourse. The defense suggested Killaby was alive, or that her husband had killed her.
Killaby worked as a medical technician at the time of her disappearance. She was declared legally dead in 1997. In 2002, her family received a $2.8 million wrongful death settlement from the state of Washington; they had alleged Smith was inadequately supervised after his parole.
Her body has never been found, but foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved.
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