According to a press release from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the human remains were found Saturday morning in an isolated wooded area near Snohomish during a search for a missing woman in Monroe, Washington.
Kenna Harris, 25, has been missing since March 31, 2020. Although the remains have not yet been identified with certainty by officials, the family was notified of the discovery on Saturday.
In a statement posted on the “Please Find Kenna Harris” Facebook page, the family confirmed that the remains belonged to Kenna.
“With very heavy hearts and many tears, we share with you all that Kenna̵
Kenna suffered a traumatic brain injury in a high-speed rollover crash six years ago and has since lived with her family in Monroe, Washington, according to her mother Kelli Harris, who spoke to Dateline in July.
On March 31, 2020, instead of getting on her bus for her shift at Walmart, she packed her yoga mat and daily meds, withdrew cash from her bank, and then took the public transit bus to Snohomish shopping center where the subway stopped. After finding out they didn’t have gluten-free bread, Kenna left the shop at 1:15 pm. and was never seen again.
Detective Dave Fontenot from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office had previously told Dateline that he had never seen a missing person case in which the person has apparently disappeared into thin air. He added that they had checked the surveillance videos of companies and buses in the area, but there was no footage of Kenna. For months, search teams have used drones and dogs to search the wooded area around the mall.
According to the press release, deputies from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit and members of the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue team conducted the most recent search on Saturday.
Officials did not say where the teams searched, but noted that the area where the remains were found was in a location that had not previously been searched. The coroner is working to positively identify the remains and determine the cause and manner of death. Officials did not say if there was evidence of foul play involved.
Anyone with information about Kenna’s death should call the Sheriff’s Office at 425-388-3523 or send a tip to Puget Sound’s Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers.com or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).