Yakima police reopen case after ruling teen’s death as a suicide
YAKIMA, Wash. — The Yakima Police Department has reopened an investigation into the death of 18-year-old Sophia Ramirez, who was found shot to death in a parked car in May 2017.
Witnesses told detectives the teen accidentally shot herself at a party, and party goers dumped her body because they were afraid. Her body was discovered in a parking lot at 3rd and Arlington Avenue, a few blocks away from the party.
After their investigation, detectives initially ruled Ramirez’ death as a suicide, sparking public outcry from people, including her family, who were convinced that she did not kill herself.
Yakima police spokesman Lt. Mike Pollard said at the time, there was no evidence that indicated someone else pulled the trigger.
“It was a case that we were never satisfied with the resolution of, but we have to go on what we have.” said Pollard. “And we didn’t have anyone who was able to say, ‘she didn’t do it, this person did.'”
As questions about the case persisted, Yakima Police Capt. Jay Seeley decided earlier this month that the case deserved another look.
The police department hopes that revisiting the case will resolve their unanswered questions.