Body of missing Moses Lake woman recovered in Walla Walla County

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. — The body of a missing woman from Grant County has been recovered after an extended search than began in March of 2022, according to the Moses Lake Police Department.

Moses Lake detectives received updated cell phone data in connection with the disappearance of Yanira Cedillos on May 12, 2022. They learned that her phone was active in Walla Walla County for several minutes on the morning that she was reported missing.

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Investigators visited the location, which is in a remote stretch off US-12 and Wallula Junction near Burbank, WA. Detectives converged on the area that same evening and discovered her body in a sleeping bag covered by tree limbs and leaves.

They made contact with the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, and the Walla Walla County Coroner to help process the crime scene.

Detectives were unable to confirm her identity at the scene and transported the body to the Spokane County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. It was performed on Monday, May 16, and returned a positive match with Cedillos.

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Next, the detectives will work with the Grant County Prosecutor’s Office to convict the man accused of killing her.

KAPP-KVEW’s Madeleine Hagen spoke with Cedillos’ family members in late April as they pushed for more action in the search for their loved one. Cedillos was a cherished mother of three and the middle child in a group of five sisters.


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