Burned bodies discovered near Moxee just a half-mile from where teen girl was found dead in 2007


MOXEE, Wash. — Nearly thirteen years ago, a 14-year-old girl was found dead and burned beyond recognition in an orchard off of Desmarais Road in Moxee.

Now, a Yakima Valley man and woman have been found dead and badly burned in a hop field about a half-mile away from where her body was located.

Yakima County sheriff’s spokesperson Casey Schilperoort said detectives do not believe the two cases are related.

On Sept. 18, 2007, a burned female body was found near a maintenance road in an orchard in the 5500 block of Desmarais Road.

An autopsy determined the victim died from thermal burns and ruled the death a homicide. A toxicology report showed she had cocaine in her system.

More than six months later, the victim was identified as 14-year-old Jaleeza Lobdell, who had been reported missing out of Tacoma shortly before her body was found in Moxee.

The investigation into her death is now classified as a cold case. No arrests have been made.

On Tuesday afternoon, two badly burned bodies were found in a hop field in the 5600 block of Desmarais Road. Authorities have identified them as a Yakima Valley man and woman but are not releasing their names until family members have been notified.