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ALERT **** Murderer-rapist Warren Forrest up for parole May 17, 2017

ALERT **** Murderer-rapist Warren Forrest up for parole May 17, 2017

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DOC Number: 287319
Offender Name: FORREST, WARREN L
Location: Washington State Prison

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Parole hearing reveals killer may be responsible for more attacks

Local woman speaks against killer’s possible parole

She suspects him in her sister’s 1971 disappearance

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

Published: October 7, 2013, 9:06 PM

A parole board is again considering whether a convicted killer suspected of slaying several Clark County women in the 1970s will remain in prison.

Warren L. Forrest, convicted killer

Warren L. Forrest, convicted killer

Warren L. Forrest, 64, of Battle Ground is eligible for parole on March 16. The Washington Indeterminate Sentence Review Board has until that date to decide whether he will be paroled.

As part of that process, the board’s four members on Monday heard from Forrest’s only surviving victim and family members of other girls he’s suspected of killing. All are opposed to Forrest’s release or a less-restrictive placement.

“There is no way a guy like that deserves to even think about leaving prison,” said Starr Lara, sister of one of the victims Forrest is suspected of killing. She spoke before the parole board on Monday.

jamie-grissimHer sister, Jamie Grissim, was a 16-year-old student at Fort Vancouver High School when she disappeared Dec. 7 1971. She has never been found and hers remains the oldest missing person’s case in Clark County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Two parole board members are scheduled to meet with Forrest on Nov. 5 and then make a recommendation on whether he should remain in prison, said Robin Riley, assistant to the board chair. The board will decide no sooner than four weeks after his hearing, and the decision could take longer than that, Riley said.

The board denied him parole in April 2011 because of the brutality of the crimes and because he hadn’t met the standard of rehabilitation.

Nine people met with the board Monday at its headquarters in Lacey, Riley said.

“It’s very difficult, and I find the second time, I’m more and more angry with him because he has the chance to tell the truth,” Lara said. “I could forgive him a lot of things. I know he has a lot of mental health issues. But he knows the truth, and he’s deliberately withholding the truth because he thinks he can get out, and that I can’t forgive him for.”

Lara still can’t talk about her sister without choking back tears. They were removed from their mother’s home and placed in foster care together when Grissim was 5 and Lara was 3, Lara said.

“I looked up to her (Grissim) like a mother and big sister, everything,” Lara said. “She was my protector. I was her admirer. She could do no wrong in my eyes. That must have been a big burden for her because she was so young.”

Among the group that met with the board Monday was Forrest’s only surviving victim, who is now 54 years old. It was the first time she had addressed the parole board, Lara said. The Columbian is not identifying her because she is a rape victim.

Forrest abducted her in July 1974 in Ridgefield when she was 15. He held her at knife point, assaulted her and drove her to the Tukes Mountain area. There, he hogtied her to a tree, just 100 feet away from the grave of Krista Blake, whom Forrest killed earlier that month. He then left her at the location, saying he would return later. She was able to chew through her bindings and escape.

He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the kidnapping and rape and spent three years at Western State Hospital near Tacoma.

Investigators have said they believe Forrest is behind the disappearance of at least six young women in Clark County between March 1972 and October 1974.

However, the parole board told family members that Forrest has reportedly confessed to his therapist that he had a total of 13 victims, only one of which survived the experience, Lara said.

He was convicted of only Blake’s homicide and received a life sentence in 1979. His conviction allowed for the possibility of parole.

All of the homicides and Grissim’s missing person’s case remain under investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.

Forrest is an Army veteran and a former Clark County parks employee. The graves of multiple victims were found in or near Clark County parks.




Suspected serial killer up for parole-Let’s give him NO HOPE EVER of getting out.

Here is the parole board information. Let’s give him NO HOPE EVER of getting out.
Someone has more information on at least one of these murders. Let us get him on another, so he can truly receive life without the possibility of parole ever!! Read this and you will see, he is convicted of one murder, leaving two teenage girls for dead. Count that, three he wanted dead. Not to mention my sister and the others that are dead.
Indeterminate Sentence Review Board
PO Box 40907
Olympia, WA 98504-0907
360-407-2408 or 1-866-948-9266
Fax: 360/493-9287
Parole board letter


Convicted killer Warren Forrest, seen in undated photos (Courtesy)

August 8, 2013

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KOIN) — Between 1971 and 1974, Warren Forrest worked for the Clark County Parks Department. During that same period, at least six different women disappeared.

Many of their bodies were found in shallow graves.

Jamie Grissim was last seen Dec. 7, 1971 after she left Ft. Vancouver High School in Vancouver. (Courtesy photo, May 8, 2013)

Jamie Grissim was last seen Dec. 7, 1971 after she left Ft. Vancouver High School in Vancouver. (Courtesy photo, May 8, 2013)

Jamie Grissim was 16 when she went missing after school on December 7, 1971. Her purse, ID and other possessions were found in the woods northeast of Vancouver, near the remains of two other people in 1972.

“She said, ‘I’m walking home and I’ll be home by 1:30 at the latest,’” her sister Starr Lara told KOIN 6 News. “So I got home and it’s 3:30 and she not home.”

Her body has never been found.

Then in 1974, two women’s bodies were discovered near Dole Valley, an area where Grissim’s ID was found — and where Warren Forrest frequented as a parks worker. One body was identified at Carol Valenzuelas. The other has never been ID’d.

“He lived out in this area,” Lara said. “It’s like three girls disappear from this area and then two from Tukes Mountain where one survived an attack.”

Then in 1974, two women’s bodies were discovered near Dole Valley, an area where Grissim’s ID was found — and where Warren Forrest frequented as a parks worker. One body was identified at Carol Valenzuelas. The other has never been ID’d.

“He lived out in this area,” Lara said. “It’s like three girls disappear from this area and then two from Tukes Mountain where one survived an attack.”

Starr Lara’s older sister, Jamie Grissim, was last seen on Dec. 7, 1971. The Vancouver woman still wants answers. (August 8, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

Starr Lara’s older sister, Jamie Grissim, was last seen on Dec. 7, 1971. The Vancouver woman still wants answers. (August 8, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

Authorities believe Jamie Grissim was the first of eight victims attacked by Forrest. Two managed to escape, but authorities were only able to connect him to one murder — the one with the most physical evidence.

In 1979 he was convicted of killing Krista Kay Blake, a 19-year-old from Vancouver. Her body was found on Clark County Parks property in a shallow grave, partially disrobed with her hands and feet hogtied.

He was sentenced to life in prison — before mandatory sentencing laws took effect.

Now, Warren Forrest is up for parole.

In September, victims will provide statements to the parole board. It’s unclear what direction the parole board will decide.

“It’s scary and I just don’t want to give him that chance. I really hope someone can come forward,” Lara told KOIN 6 News. “He knows the truth and he won’t tell me, and that’s the part I can’t forgive him for.”      

Missing Persons’ Family Members React To Rescue Of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight

Posted: 05/08/2013 11:15 am EDT  |  Updated: 05/08/2013 5:07 pm EDT

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An undated photo provided by the La Plata County, Colo., sheriff’s office shows Dylan Redwine, who is still missing. His aunt hasn’t given up hope.


The three women rescued on Monday had been held captive as long as 10 years. For families of others still missing, the news evokes mixed feelings.

“It’s so great that their families have some answers. It’s just hard, for other parents, knowing their children are still gone,” Carolyn Johnson of Louisiana told HuffPost Crime.

“But this will give people new hope, and that’s what they need — hope.”

Johnson wept as she spoke of her son, Clinton Nelson, who vanished on Sept. 1, 2006, when he was 21.

Johnson said the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight in Cleveland is what the friends and family of every missing person wants.

Still, for some, the news tears open a scab — a reminder that their loved one is still lost.

Johnson joins many parents, friends and family members of missing people who have been watching horrifying new details emerge about the rescued girls’ confinement.

Starr Lara was 14 when her sister, Jamie Grissim, went missing in 1971.

On Monday, one of her co-workers told her about the Cleveland rescue in an attempt to cheer her up.

“The biggest thing with me is people approach me as though my sister is alive. I know she isn’t. It’s upsetting to me,” Lara told HuffPost Crime. “I’m happy [the rescue] gives people hope or they think that it gives me hope, but it’s really hard on me. I know in my heart what happened.”

Lara said she hasn’t given up finding her sister — but she expects to find her sister’s remains.

Grissim was 16 when she disappeared after school in Vancouver, Wash. Her purse, ID and possessions were found May, 1972 in the woods northeast of Vancouver, near where other homicide victims had been found.

Lia Howard — whose 14-year-old nephew, Dylan Redwine, went missing in Colorado on Nov. 12, 2012 — says the Cleveland case has rejuvenated her family in its quest to find her nephew.

“It shows that missing children can be found even years later,” she said Tuesday in a phone interview. “When you don’t know where somebody is you put his name out there, because you never know where that someone is.”

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also released a statement of hope, noting that recoveries of missing children are growing:

NCMEC has seen a growing number of recoveries of long-term missing children. Every story we hear offers hope to the families who are still searching, that their own children will one day come home.

On May 7, the NCMEC is celebrating this important message of hope by honoring Jaycee Dugard and her family at the 2013 Hope Awards. They were reunited in 2009 after Jaycee was abducted 18 years before.

This story like those of Elizabeth Smart, recovered after 9 months; Shawn Hornbeck, recovered after 4 years; Carlina White, recovered after 23 years; and Steve Carter, recovered after 34 years is the reason why we never forget any missing child.

40 years later mystery of missing girl still unsolved

Published: Dec 2, 2011

CLARK COUNTY, Wash. – Starr Lara’s sister, Jamie Grissim, left Fort Vancouver High School and vanished with hardly a trace 40 years ago.

Starr will mark the tragic milestone Saturday with a candlelight vigil and says she’s trying to come to terms with more bad news she recently received in the murder investigation.

Jamie was Starr’s big sister. She left their foster mother’s house, went to Fort Vancouver High School and never came home. That was Dec. 7, 1971. Starr was told Jamie simply ran away.

“I just kept staring out the picture window,” Starr said during a recent interview.

Jamie was 16.

Six months after she disappeared, Jamie’s identification was found by a neighbor picking up trash on Dole Valley Road in a very remote part of northeast Clark County. Then two years later, another neighbor walking up a nearby logging road discovered the remains of two women. One was identified as Carol Valenzuela. The other woman has never been identified.

Clark County detectives have long thought suspected serial killer Warren Forrest is responsible for the deaths of those two women. A sheriff’s office document says they also suspect that “Jamie Grissim is the first victim” of Warren Forrest, but they’ve never been able to match Jamie to the unidentified remains.

Starr was excited to learn a detective was trying again to match DNA to Jamie on hair found where the bodies were dumped.

When Starr recently got the news the crime lab couldn’t get usable DNA to make a comparison, she urged the detective to re-examine the skeleton itself. Starr says she was told Jamie’s dental records – that were compared years ago to the remains and used to rule Jamie out as a match – were incomplete. Starr hoped new technology would reveal more clues.

“He finally called back and tells me, ‘Starr, there are no remains.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘They lost them.’ And that was a huge shock to me. And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘You got to understand things were different back then.'”

“He finally called back and tells me, ‘Starr, there are no remains.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘They lost them.’ And that was a huge shock to me. And I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘You got to understand things were different back then.'”

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office wonders if the remains were sent to the task force investigating the Green River Killer, were given to an anthropologist who used to teach at Clark College, or maybe they were lost when the medical examiner moved its offices.

“In my mind, that girl was connected to Jamie. I don’t know if it was her or not. I can’t prove it either way now,” Starr said.

Now she has to hope for a break in the case from an unexpected source.

The medical examiner’s office says its last record of the remains was in 1978. They were sent to a nationally renowned forensic anthropologist in Oklahoma. Staff there told KATU News it is checking records to see if they still have the remains.

The candlelight vigil for Jamie Grissim will be Saturday at Fort Vancouver High School. It begins at 4:30. The public is encouraged to attend.   VIDEO

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Vigils planned for Wash. women long missing, presumed murdered

Families find unity in sorrow that’s endured for years

November 26, 201

Friends and family members of two missing Vancouver women are planning a vigil on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Fort Vancouver High School.

Jamie Grissim was a 16-year-old Fort Vancouver student who disappeared Dec. 7, 1971 while walking home from school.

Carolyn Killaby vanished on Nov. 11, 1995.

The vigil is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the high school’s parking lot, 5700 E. 18th St.

“It will be the 40th anniversary of her disappearance, in December 1971,” said Starr Lara, Grissim’s sister.

“This will be her first vigil,” said Lara, who now lives in Hillsboro, Ore. “When she disappeared, I was her only family, and I was 14. I didn’t know what to do.”

Lara said she will speak at the vigil, adding, “This is kind of new to me.”

One of Grissim’s childhood friends is also scheduled to speak.

Though the Grissim and Killaby cases aren’t related, Lara said she has been a friend of one of Killaby’s sisters’ for more than 10 years.

An announcement for the vigil said that besides an opportunity for the families to remember Grissim and Killaby, it will be an expression of hope that someday “they can give a proper funeral service to their missing loved ones.”

The public, and other families with missing loved ones, are invited to attend.

Frustrating searches

Investigators have said they believe Grissim was the first victim of a Vancouver man suspected of killing at least six women.

Her remains were never found. However, sheriff’s investigators found her purse and her identification in remote Dole Valley, about a mile from where the remains of two other young women were found.

Warren Forrest, who was convicted of one of the homicides in 1979, is eligible for parole in 2014. He has not been charged with the murder of Grissim.

Killaby was 34 when she was reported missing in 1995. While her body was never found, Dennis Keith Smith was convicted of aggravated murder after traces of her blood were found in his vehicle.

Smith hanged himself at the Washington State Penitentiary in 2004.


Parole officials interview convicted killer

Warren Forrest suspected of several Clark County slayings in 1970s

By Laura McVicker
Columbian Staff Reporter

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Warren L. Forrest, convicted killer

A state sentencing board on Tuesday continued its probe into whether a convicted killer from Vancouver suspected of slaying several women in the 1970s should be paroled.

A panel of two from the Washington Indeterminate Sentence Review Board interviewed Warren L. Forrest at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen. The interview was the final step in the process to determine whether Forrest, now 61, has shown significant signs of rehabilitation.

The Columbian does not have details about Tuesday’s meeting, as it was not public.

The board is expected to make a decision in four to six weeks; if it decides in favor of Forrest, he could be paroled in 2014.

But that outcome looks doubtful, an observer predicted.

“After talking to (board members), I’m pretty sure he’s not going anywhere,” said Starr Lara, the sister of one of Forrest’s suspected victims. “They told me yesterday that they take very seriously what he’s done.”

Lara testified on Monday in Lacey before the parole board, decrying Forrest’s possible release. Her 16-year-old sister, Jamie Grissim, was believed to be one of Forrest’s first victims, according to 1970s police reports.

Forrest, an Army veteran and former Clark County parks employee, was the suspect behind the disappearances of six young women in Clark County between March 1972 and October 1974. He was convicted of one of the homicides and received a life sentence in 1979.

His conviction, however, left open the possibility of parole. This is the first time he’s being considered for parole.

Robin Riley, assistant to the Washington Indeterminate Sentence Review Board, said an outright release is not likely and that the board would first consider a less restrictive prison or work release program. And if he was paroled in 2014, he would first have to enter a prison program that teaches inmates how to reintegrate into society, she said.

Families pray for justice, answers as killer faces parole

Story Published: Apr 12, 2011 at 10:57 PM PDT

Warren Forrest

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Nearly 40 years ago, Jamie Grissim disappeared without a trace. Detectives suspected she was murdered, but they never found her body.

The evidence points to one man: Warren Forrest.

Investigators believe Forrest killed Grissim and other teenage girls; however, prosecutors could only make one case stick. In the 1970s, Forrest was convicted of murdering 19-year-old Krista Blake in the woods of Tukes Mountain just east of Battle Ground.

Now Forrest is up for parole. He faced the the parole board in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday.

It was a day that Grissim’s little sister, Starr Lara, didn’t think she’d have to deal with for three more years. Forrest isn’t eligible for parole until 2014, but the board will now make a decision the next few weeks.

Lara said she was stunned to learn of the board’s early actions.

“I think of my sister every day, especially when I get up and when I go to bed,” she told the parole board.

Lara was 14 years old, when her then 16-year-old sister went missing on Dec. 7, 1971.

“When I got home, I noticed she wasn’t home and I said, ‘Where’s Jamie?”‘ Lara told the four-member parole board.

Jamie Grissim

When Lara last saw her sister, Grissim was leaving their foster home for Fort Vancouver High School. Grissim attended classes at the school, but never came home. At the time, Lara was told that her sister had simply run away.

Five months later, Grissim’s student ID and other belongings were found near Sunset Falls Campground in remote Clark County. The bodies of two other women were later found nearby.

Three years passed before Forrest was arrested for kidnapping, raping, stabbing and leaving for dead a 20-year-old woman at Lacamas Lake Park near Camas. Forrest was working for the Clark County Parks Department at the time.

A Vietnam veteran, Forrest was married and the father of two young children. He pleaded guilty by way of insanity and was sent to the state mental hospital for five years.

The same year as the Lacamas Lake kidnapping, Forrest lured a 15-year-old Ridgefield girl into his blue van and drove her to the same stand of trees that he took Krista Blake to near Battle Ground.

According to a report by the Columbian newspaper at the time, the girl testified Forrest “tied her head to one tree and her legs to another. Later, she chewed through the twine and struggled out of a loop holding her legs. With hands and ankles still tied, she hopped away.”

It all took place just 169 feet away from the spot where hikers found Blake’s body. She had been hogtied and killed.

Near the end of his treatment at the mental hospital, Forrest was convicted for Blake’s murder and sent to prison in 1979.

“He tortured her, shot her with a dart gun and cut her throat. And then he buried her in a very shallow grave,” said Blake’s sister, Zela, who did not want to be identified by her full name.

Zela and Blake’s other sister, Valerie, both lobbied the parole board to keep Forrest behind bars.

“Warren Forrest is a monster and no amount of time in prison will change that,” said Valerie, who also did not want to be identified by her full name.

A Clark County Sheriff’s Office document from 1978 formally links Forrest to Grissim’s disappearance, as well as murders or attacks of six other women. “It’s suspected that Jamie Grissim is the first victim of Warren Leslie Forrest, who is suspected of killing eight women Clark County,” a detective wrote in a 2006 email.

“The story of Warren Forrest is a horrible story,” said Denny Hunter, a retired Clark County deputy prosecutor, to the parole board. It was Hunter who put Forrest in prison.

“What he did to them was probably the most cruel behavior I’ve probably ever experienced,” he said.

Lara still hopes there is some humanity left inside of Forrest. Now that he’s 61 years old and up for parole, she hopes he’ll reveal the location of her sister’s body, though doing so could open him up to being prosecuted for Grissim’s murder.

“What happened to her? The not-knowing is the hardest part,” she said. “Where is she? And he knows. I know he knows.”

Family members didn’t get to face Forrest during the parole hearing. However, he will receive a copy of their statements.

The parole board will take four to six weeks to make its decision. If he is granted parole, Forrest will spend the next three years before his release learning how to live on the outside. He will be taught life skills, like how to use a cell phone.

“This is a very, very serious history to overcome,” said parole board member Dennis Thaut.

Meantime, Clark County detectives are still hoping for a tip that will lead them to Grissim’s body.

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Press Release: Jamie Grissim is featured in the upcoming book,”The Last Place You’d Look”

Jamie Grissim


Local Disappearance Spotlighted in National Book Release

The story of Jamie Grissim, a resident/former resident of Vancouver, WA , is featured in the upcoming book, The Last Place You’d Look: True Stories of Missing Persons and the People Who Search for Them by Carole Moore. (Rowman & Littlefield, May 2011)

Jamie disappeared on December 7, 1971.

Moore interviewed the families of dozens of missing persons across the county and around the world to compile The Last Place You’d Look, which also focuses on the efforts of police, search and rescue, nonprofits and volunteer organizations.

According to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), the Jamie Grissim case is one of about 100,000 active, open and unresolved missing persons cases that sit on the books in the U.S. each day. The numbers are similar in Canada, where annually more than 60,000 children are reported missing. Although many who disappear return home or are found, here’s what the numbers don’t say: They’re deceptive in that there are many they don’t count, such as those who disappear in foreign countries or the unreported thousands who fall through bureaucratic cracks, like the homeless and their children. Additionally, in the U.S. alone there are more than 40,000 John and Jane Does in cemeteries and morgues across the country, still waiting to be identified.

“Except for very high profile cases, many missing persons slip from the public memory, leaving their families alone in their grief. Can you imagine not ever knowing what happened to our mother, your brother, your child, your spouse?” asks Moore, a former police investigator and contributing editor at Law Enforcement Technology Magazine. “I wrote this book to help families bring attention to their cases.”

Often families are on their own when it comes to looking for their missing loved ones. Police may have neither the resources nor inclination to pursue an investigation involving multiple jurisdictions and hundreds of man-hours. Smaller departments often lack specialized units dedicated to searching for the missing, and many times officers are ill prepared to track missing persons.

Families are also confronted with a double-edged sword: As long as the case is open, police won’t share with them the critical information gathered in the course of the investigation. They are only allowed access when the case is closed, which means the police are no longer actively looking for the missing person.

Pursuing a missing persons investigation is both expensive and emotionally draining. Families often must travel, hire private investigators, operate media campaigns and engage in search and rescue operations. Although volunteer organizations dedicated to helping families find the resources they need provide help, a proper search is expensive and takes time.

Families are also asked to do the unthinkable: Provide DNA, dental records and fingerprints, the significance of which is not lost on those left behind. Worry and stress also take their toll. As one official at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told Moore, he is forever haunted by a mother who poignantly shared her wish to cover her missing child with a blanket because she had nightmares about the child being cold.

The anguish of having a loved one vanish is unthinkable, yet thousands of families face this heartbreak every day.  The Last Place You’d Look provides searchers a starting point and gives readers an overview of “the club no one wants to belong to.”

For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact:
Carole Moore
Moore can be reached by email at:
Phone: 910.388.0714
For more information, you can go to her website:
Local Contact Information:
Starr Lara
P:  503-648-0466
F:  503-314-3933

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