Wenatchee Man Arrested as Suspect in MacKenzie Cowell Murder

October 06, 2010

**UPDATE** Sgt. John Kruse said Wilson was arrested for investigation of murder in the 2nd degree, not

1st degree as the release originally stated. **UPDATE**


Law enforcement officers from a multi-

agency homicide task force arrested a 29-year old man today in Wenatchee. The suspect, Christopher Scott Wilson of

Wenatchee, was interviewed by detectives and booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on a charge of

Murder in the 1st Degree.


Mackenzie Cowell was a 17-year old student who disappeared on

February 9th, 2010 after leaving the beauty school she attended in Wenatchee. Her body was found along the

shoreline of the Columbia River some 20 miles south of Wenatchee on February 13th. A multi-agency task force

comprised of officers from the Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee

Police Departments, Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Homeland

Security (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and Federal Bureau of Investigation, have worked countless hours on

the case since Mackenzie’s disappearance. Robin Wagg, the commander of the multi-agency homicide task force,

states” We are pleased we could make an arrest in this case to help bring some closure to Mackenzie’s

family as well as the rest of the community”. Wagg also praises “The outstanding work done by members

of the Cowell Homicide Task Force…” but cautions, “A great deal of work lies ahead for the Task

Force as we continue to investigate Wilson’s actions regarding this case.”



was a student with Cowell at the Academy of Hair Design in Wenatchee and left the beauty school around the same

time she did on February 9th. Wilson was contacted along with other students at the school and gave a voluntary

DNA sample to investigators. On September 23rd, forensic experts at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in

Cheney, Washington reported they were able to tie Wilson’s DNA profile to DNA found on a piece of duct tape

recovered from where Cowell’s body was found. In addition to Wilson’s DNA, blood from Mackenzie Cowell

was also found on this piece of duct tape. Investigators have served several search warrants today concerning

Wilson and are continuing to interview potential witnesses for further information.


Anyone with

additional information regarding this case is asked to call the River Com Dispatch Center at 509-663-




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