21 -- May 2, 1983, after
lunch Carol Ann Christensen walked out of the Barn Door Tavern on
Pacific Avenue South. That was the last time she was seen alive.
to return later for her evening shift as a waitress. It was her
2nd day on the job.
mother separated from her husband, she was determined to make it.
were found 6 days later, Mother's Day, May 8, 1983, by a family
hunting for mushrooms in a wooded section of Maple Valley, just
off SE 244th Street and Hwy. 169.
There was no sexual intercourse.
She had been strangled.
It appeared her body
had been dunked in water and reclothed backwards,
she had one shoe on the wrong foot, the other shoe was not found.
She had a bag placed
over the head.
Two cleaned fish were
laid across her body. She had raw sausage around her, a wine bottle
in her hand, and two cleaned fish across her chest, believed by
some to symbolize the Eucharist, the body and blood of Christ.
And there was one stone
placed inside her common to the Green River Killer victims.
no arrests or contacts with prostitution, but was last seen in an
area where the killer was known to operate.
Carol, a registered member
of the Blackfeet Tribe of Browning, Mont., moved to Grays Harbor,
WA in 1969 from Weippe, Idaho, where she grew up in Hoquiam in a
large family. Her parents, Robert and Patricia Holmin, still live
In 1980 she married Dennis
Christensen. They had a daughter, Sara.
Carol's sister, Pepper
(Holmin) Arambula, was just 6 years old when her sister was strangled.
Pepper bears a strong resemblence to Carol.
Arambula and her brother, Don Holmin, of Satsop, hope to attend
was questioned about Christensen moments before his arrest. He admitted
to knowing her but denied having sex with her. Lab
tests concluded he is the contributor of semen on Christensen's
body. DNA extracted
from the saliva of Ridgway matched the DNA of semen found on Carol.
buried at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam, WA.
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006