Human remains recovered in wooded area confirmed to be missing woman Kenna Harris

By: Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff

Snohomish, Wash.– Human remains recovered in a secluded wooded area have been identified as Kenna Harris, a Monroe woman who has been missing for the last six months.

Harris, 25, has been missing from the Snohomish area since March 31, 2020. She was last seen at a Subway Sandwich Shop on Bickford Ave. in Snohomish, riding a Community Transit Bus from Monroe to get there. 

On Saturday, October 10, a search crew consisting of members of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue Team set out on a planned search operation for Harris. The area where the remains were found had not been covered during previous searches, said the Sheriff’s Office. 

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office officially confirmed the remains were Harris on October 13. The cause and manner of death are still undetermined. 

Harris’ family was notified of the discovery following Saturday’s search. That day, they posted on the “Please Find Kenna Harris” Facebook page, announcing that the remains belonged to Harris. 

“With very heavy hearts and lots of tears, we share with you all that Kenna’s body has been found,” the post read. “As a family, we take comfort in the fact that Kenna is with God and we know we will be with her again one day. Kenna was the sparkle in our family and our own personal rainbow. We will always miss her.”

Six years ago, Harris suffered a traumatic brain injury during a high-speed rollover auto accident, leaving her with cognitive and memory impairment as well as spinal injuries. She was considered endangered throughout her disappearance. 

“We want to thank everyone on this Facebook page for your endless hours of service and searching,” wrote Harris’ family on the social media post. “We also want to thank the Search and Rescue teams that volunteered their time and trained for days like today. Without all of you continuing to give us support and pushing us to ask the hard questions, we would still be wondering.” 

Erin Freeman

I graduated from Washington State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a specialization in rhetoric and professional writing. I also received a minor in political science. I joined the Lynnwood Times in February of 2020. To me, community newspapers affirm a sense of community by connecting people through the coverage of local stories and current events.

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