TONASKET – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department is working around the clock to solve the homicide of Michelle L. Kitterman.
Kitterman, 25 of Oroville, was found dead at the end of a driveway on Stalder Road south of Tonasket in the Pine Creek area on Sunday, March 1 at 12:20 p.m.
“We didn’t know what had caused her death but we knew at the scene that there was more to it,” Sheriff Frank Rogers said.
An autopsy was performed on Monday, March 2, but the results have not been released. According to a statement from Rogers, no further details are being released until the completion of the investigation.
“There is nothing in this case right now to indicate there was anything to do with drugs,” Rogers added.
Kory Garcia, Kitterman’s cousin, said the family is dealing with the loss of her terribly but they’re getting a lot of support from the community, which is what they need right now.
“She was a young, beautiful mom with an identical twin sister and an older sister fighting in Iraq,” Garcia said. “Michelle was a funny girl. What I remember most of my cousin was that goofy laugh of hers and little pranks. She was just funny.”
Kitterman was a 2000 graduate of Kiona-Benton High School in Benton City, Wash. Garcia said her son is in the first grade and a good kid. He added that her death is especially hard because every time he sees her identical twin sister, Danielle, he sees Michelle.
“She’ll be greatly missed,” Garcia said. “The whole family is just grieving; it’s horrible. It’s not supposed to happen in a little county like this.”
There are donation cans to help with funeral expenses in various businesses around Oroville including Frontier Foods and the 76 Quick Mart on Main and Central.