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The man behind a 1989 murder finally arrested

A murder of a woman that took place in 1989 was unsolved until this year. A tip and uncovered DNA evidence brought investigators directly to the man responsible for the crime.

Amanda “Mandy” Stavik, a Whatcom County woman, left her house for jogging and never returned back. The incident took place the day after Thanksgiving. Days later, her body was found in Nooksack River. Based on the investigation, she suffered a blow in the back of her head and then drowned.

The man who had been wanted for 28 years is 50-years-old Timothy Forrest Bass. After tips and leads that were falsely pointing to as far as Asia, the officers finally received the most valuable tip concerning the man residing in Whatcom County. Bass came under the police watch a few years ago, and the authorities have been designing a case against him ever since. 

As Bass refused to submit his DNA for testing, the police received invaluable help from Bass’ coworker, who handed in a cup with Bass’ DNA on it. The results matched with the records from 1989, and Bass became the main suspect in the first-degree murder of Amanda Stavik. 

“I have been obsessed with this,” said Sheriff Bill Elfo  “I feel sometimes that Mandy is speaking to us, that this case needs to be solved.”

According to the police officers, the case hasn’t been put to rest since most of the officers personally new Amanda. The records indicate that Bass had been obsessed with Amanda. Only 4 years older than the victim, he would watch her closely during basketball practices. At the time the crime took place, he lived only one and a half mile away from Amanda’s house. 

Unfortunately, the man has not been charged yet, and the police are encouraging the public to come forward with tips and information to help get Bass charged with the crime.

 

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