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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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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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HILLSBORO, Ore. — The middle-aged woman with the sad face and graying hair slips items out of tucked-away envelopes and spreads them on the table:
A half-dozen photographs.
A sheaf of school records.
A tiny Christmas card, signed in a child’s block letters.
A sketch of a woman’s features.

To Starr Grisim Lara, these things are more precious than gold. They prove that her older sister Jamie Grisim once walked this Earth.
Today, she will relive that cold morning 31 years ago when 16-year-old Jamie left for Fort Vancouver High School and never came home.

Starr was only 14, and no one would tell her the truth. She went on to live her life as best she could. At times it felt as if all the pieces of her family had flown away from her.
And at the heart of her life there was always this mystery: What happened to her sister, Jamie, as she walked home from school on that chill December day?
Her foster mother, Grace, told her that Jamie had run away, that she didn’t want anything to do with her ever again. Starr never believed that. She didn’t know what to believe.
It was a month before Jamie was reported missing. It was 17 years before Starr learned that police had found her sister’s identification in remote Dole Valley five months after she disappeared, and that two years later hunters had discovered the bodies of two young women in shallow graves a mile away in the isolated valley near the Skamania County line.
Finally, last April, Starr learned more: Police and prosecutors believe Jamie Grisim, a slender girl with brown eyes and brown-bleached-auburn hair, was the first of several teenage girls abducted by Warren Leslie Forrest.

Warren Forrest-High School Photo

Forrest, a Vancouver native and an Army veteran, was 22 when Jamie disappeared. He worked for Clark County parks. He had a wife and two kids in Battle Ground and a key that opened the gate to every park in the county.
Forrest is serving a life sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary for the 1974 murder of Krista Kay Blake. He is linked to the disappearance of at least six other young women between March 1972 and October 1974.
Two managed to escape with their lives after harrowing attacks. Both eventually identified Forrest as their abductor. The remains of five were found in remote areas of the county. Jamie Grisim’s identification and other personal effects surfaced in Dole Valley, but her body was never recovered.
Forrest pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the kidnap and rape of one of his surviving victims and spent 3 1/2 years at Western Mental Hospital in Steilacoom. Meanwhile, sheriff’s detectives began putting together the pieces of a macabre puzzle that led them to conclude Forrest was a serial murderer.

In 1978, shortly before he was to be released from the hospital, Clark County prosecutors charged Forrest with the 1974 murder of Krista Kay Blake. The two women who had identified him as their assailant provided testimony that led to his April 1979 conviction for first-degree murder.
A detailed crime synopsis filed with Clark County Superior Court in January 1979 by then-Chief Criminal Deputy Dennis Hunter in connection with the Blake case made it clear that Forrest was a suspect in several other ongoing criminal investigations, and in the disappearance of Jamie Grisim:
“To fully understand the complexity of this case as well as the ongoing nature of said investigation, any inquiry relative to the (Blake case) must begin with the Jan. 10th, 1972 (report of the) disappearance of Jamie R. Grisim,” Hunter wrote.
Though he remains a leading suspect, Forrest never was charged with Grisim’s murder or with any other murder. Officially, those cases remain open but inactive.

Cases not forgotten
Within the sheriff’s office, the grisly string of homicides has not been forgotten.
“It was the first anybody ever talked about a serial killer that operated here in Clark County,” said Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Trimble.
At first, detectives worked hard to uncover evidence in the other cases that would hold up in court.
“There was a lot of communication with other agencies when the cases were active,” Trimble said. “In the 1980s, when I worked homicide, we talked about getting some information together and going to talk to Forrest. It never happened. That was back when we still had detectives here who had worked on those cases.”
Hunter, who led the team that won Forrest’s 1979 murder conviction, officially considers Forrest a “person of interest” in the other murders.
“There are evidentiary issues, and those cases are still in the hands of law enforcement,” Hunter said. “But (Forrest) has never been eliminated as a suspect, and if evidence is forthcoming, we would prosecute.”
Trimble is more blunt: “Based on what I know, I would say it’s very likely (Forrest) committed all these crimes. But it’s all circumstantial evidence.” To get a conviction, he said, “We would need a whole lot more.”
Sad young lives

Some hurts never heal. Start with the sad facts of Jamie and Starr Grisim’s young lives.

Their mother had 10 children but was unable to care for them. When Starr was 3 and Jamie was 4, she turned them over to the state for foster care placement. Two younger half-sisters were adopted. Starr never knew what happened to the others. She and Jamie lived in a series of Clark County foster homes, some good, some awful. One of their foster mothers ran a small nursing home and forced the sisters to work there as unpaid maids until the state intervened.
Jamie loved to draw and write. She was bright and quick to make friends. As a teenager, she joined 4-H and learned to ride horses.
But even in elementary school her unstable home situation cast a shadow.
“Jamie’s reactions have been most unpredictable in class response and with other children,” a teacher at Hough Elementary wrote in her record. “She is withdrawn much of the time, most likely because she doesn’t hear. She has fine possibilities, shown by art and music contributions and her completed assignments. Judgment of Jamie should be withheld until the physical and emotional problems are solved. I find her a pathetic child deeply in need of adult acceptance and love.”
The family that adopted their twin half-sisters refused to let Starr and Jamie have anything to do with them. As they grew up, the sisters, just 13 months apart, clung to each other. They became each other’s family.
Starr, now 47, tries to remember the good times: The year they were 4 and 5 and their foster mom made them matching red dresses with fur collars for Christmas. Their last summer together, when they went swimming every day and roller skating at a Hazel Dell rink every Saturday night.
After Jamie disappeared, for a while Starr continued to buy her sister gifts at Christmas and birthdays.
“Finally it got to the point where I had to stop thinking about her,” she said.
But there was no closure. “No one said, I’m sorry. It was like it never happened.”

The one exception was the girls’ caseworker, who refused to believe that Jamie was a runaway. For one thing, her savings account was left untouched.
“At the time, I turned against God,” Starr said. “I didn’t get any answers. Was she dead or alive?”

A month after Jamie disappeared, Starr ran away from her foster home and moved in with some hippies in downtown Vancouver.
“They smoked pot all the time,” she said. “They had no food.”

Starving, Starr returned to her foster mom, Grace. But then she got pregnant, and Grace died.

At 17, Starr was on her own, single, with an infant son. She tried to raise Michael, but his father had enlisted in the Navy and she could not support him.
“I thought, in six months I’ll have a car, a house, furniture, medical insurance,” she said. “But in six months I was still working a minimum wage job and getting my GED.”
When her son got sick, she asked the state to place him in foster care. Then she put him up for adoption. There would be no string of foster homes for Michael.
“I couldn’t do what my mother did to us,” she said.

Gradually, Starr’s life stabilized. She moved to Portland, attended college, found work.
In time, she went in search of other pieces of her missing family.

At 23, she visited her mother in Onalaska and met a half-sister, 16 years older, whom she had never known. They hit it off, and she went to stay with her in California for a few months.
After she returned to Portland, she met a man she wanted to share her life with. She found out she could not have any more children, and accepted that.
When she was 26, she wrote to the woman who had adopted her twin half-sisters.
“I told her, ‘It was really hard to grow up and have friends who knew my sisters when I couldn’t see them. If you didn’t want us to see them, why didn’t you move to another town?’ “
Afterward, one of the twins contacted her.

In 1998, while moving her mother into a nursing home, Starr discovered a box of her mother’s papers. Reading through the letters and documents, she realized for the first time that her mother had followed her children’s lives closely even after they were placed in foster care, and had fought the court’s decision to terminate her parental rights.

In 1996, Starr posted information about herself with a registry for adopted children. Two years later, Michael got in touch with her. They were reunited in Spokane and have stayed in touch. At Michael’s request, she even contacted his father, to find out whether he had had other children. (He hadn’t.)

Help from the Sheriff’s Office
Then, one day last April, she got up her nerve, called the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and talked to Trimble. She said she wanted Jamie’s purse and clothing and whatever else of hers the police still had. Trimble was kind. He said it would take a while, but he would get back to her.
Trimble searched the evidence rooms. He found the 1978 crime synopsis that linked Jamie’s disappearance to Warren Forrest. He found Jamie’s school records. And that was all.
“You have to feel sorry for her,” Trimble said. “She lost a sister years and years ago and was never told much about what happened. I was happy to do whatever I could to help her. Unfortunately, it wasn’t much.”
Someday, Starr hopes Forrest will tell the truth about her sister’s murder.
“I want to know where my sister’s bones are. I would like to know how she died, if he even remembers her. I was actually relieved to know he was still alive, because he has that knowledge.”
She knows it’s unlikely Forrest will talk. He has denied through a prison spokesman that he had anything to do with Jamie Grisim’s disappearance. And he has no incentive to confess: Because he was sentenced to life in prison before Washington’s mandatory sentencing laws took effect, he will be eligible for parole in 2014, when he is 65. Still, Starr hopes the publicity might trigger long-buried memories that could provide prosecutors with the evidence they need to charge Forrest with other murders.
“I think that Warren Forrest committed far more than one murder,” she said. “It’s not right that he shouldn’t be prosecuted for them.”
Speaking out, even after all this time, is something she owes Jamie, she says.
“Someday I will face her,” she said. “I want to feel that I did something, that I cared about her, that I didn’t forget her.”

Chronology Of Murder
Dec. 7, 1971:
Jamie R. Grisim, 16, leaves her foster home, attends classes at Fort Vancouver High School and disappears.

Feb. 11, 1972:
Barbara Ann Derry, an 18-year-old Clark College student last seen hitchhiking along state Highway 14 disappears.

March 29, 1972:
A woman hunting for antique bottles finds Derry’s body, covered with boards and debris and partially undressed, at the bottom of a silo at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, in northern Clark County. Police say she died from a stab wound to the heart.

May 1, 1972:
Grisim’s wallet, containing her identification, is discovered beside a road in Dole Valley in east Clark County.

May 31, 1974:
Gloria Nadine Knutson, age unknown, is last seen in downtown Vancouver.

July 11, 1974:
Krista Kay Blake, 19, is last seen getting into a 1973 blue Ford van in the area of 29th and K streets in Vancouver. Two witnesses report seeing Blake and Warren Leslie Forrest in the van near Lewisville Park before her disappearance.

July 17, 1974:
A 15-year-old girl is picked up east of Ridgefield by a man she later identifies as Forrest. He is driving a 1973 blue Ford van. She is held at knife point and driven 13 miles to county property near Battle Ground. Her assailant beats her, takes her into the woods, gags her and ties her, hogtie fashion, to a tree. After her attacker leaves the scene, she chews through her bonds and escapes, hiding in a field until daybreak. Witnesses confirm seeing Forrest’s van in the area at the time the crime was committed.

Aug. 2, 1974:
Carol Valenquela, an 18-year-old Camas wife and mother of 10-month-old twins, disappears while hitchhiking.

Oct. 1, 1974:
A 20-year-old Camas woman agrees to accompany a man in a blue van from downtown Portland to Washington Park, where he threatens her with a knife and binds her with tape. He drives her to Lacamas Lake Park, unlocks the gate to the park with a key, forces her to commit sodomy, then rapes her and shoots her in the breasts with hand-honed darts from a .177 caliber pellet pistol. He leads her down a path with a rope around her neck, chokes her until she is unconsciousness, stabs her five times in the chest and leaves her naked body beside a log, covered with brush and debris. But the woman is not mortally wounded, and after two hours she is able to make her way to a public road and get help. She identifies Forrest in a police lineup, and her possessions are found in his van. Her testimony later helps convict Forrest of the murder of Krista Blake.

Oct. 12, 1974:
A hunter finds skeletal remains of two women in shallow graves in the Dole Valley area, 100 feet apart, a mile from where Jamie Grisim’s identification and personal effects were discovered in May 1972. One body is identified as that of Carol Valenquela. The other body is never identified.

Oct. 3, 1974:
Warren Leslie Forrest is charged with first-degree rape, assault and armed robbery in connection with the Oct. 1 abduction. Forrest pleads not guilty by reason of insanity.

Jan. 31, 1975:
Forrest is acquitted of the charges by reason of insanity and committed to Western State Hospital.

July 11, 1976:
A woman’s bound and partially clothed body is found in a shallow grave on Clark County parks property at Tukes Mountain, just 100 feet from where the 15-year-old girl abducted on July 17, 1974, was taken by her assailant.

July 14, 1976:
The remains are identified as those of Krista Blake.

July 25, 1976:
Sheriff’s deputies use German shepherds to search six remote areas of Clark County for other undiscovered bodies.

Jan. 25, 1978:
Forrest petitions for conditional release from Western State Hospital. A psychologist warns that Forrest “was and remains a dangerous individual.”

March 1978:
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office prepares a crime synopsis to support prosecution of Forrest in the murder of Krista Blake.

May 9, 1978:
Human remains are found near Lacamas Lake. The bones are later identified as those of Glora Nadine Knutson, missing for nearly four years.

Warren Leslie Forrest- Current Prison Photo

April 26, 1979:
Forrest is convicted of Krista Blake’s murder and sentenced to 36 years in prison.
Forrest was convicted before mandatory sentencing laws, so he will be eligible for parole in 2014.

Sources: Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Columbian files

Article from:The Columbian (Vancouver, WA) Article date:December 7, 2002 Author:KATHIE DURBIN, Columbian

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You can help keep this murderer behind bars..

You can help keep this convicted killer in prison by writing a letter to the parole board:

Indeterminate Sentence Review Board
4317 6th Ave. S.E.
P.O. Box 40907
Olympia, WA

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May 29, 2010-DNA Clue May End 38-Year Mystery, and a Sister’s Pain

(May 29) — Starr Lara has been in limbo for more than three decades, waiting for closure in the case of her older sister, Jamie Grissim, who vanished at age 16 and is believed to be a suspected serial killer’s first victim.

Now, as the suspect nears his release from prison, Lara is praying that DNA she recently submitted will yield a match to an unidentified female found three years after her sister went missing.

“I hold out hope that it could be her, because of the height, weight and age of the victim,” Lara told AOL News. “Most people have forgotten Jamie, [but] I’ll never forget.

“She deserves for the world to know what happened to her. She deserves justice.”

‘I Was Scared to Death’

The mystery of Jamie Grissim’s disappearance began some 38 years ago in Vancouver, Wash., on Dec. 7, 1971.

“Jamie was outside, waiting for the school bus to come pick her up,” Lara said, recalling the day she last saw her sister alive. “She waited for a few minutes, then came back inside to get warm. We had a brief conversation, and she told me she was going to walk home from school later that afternoon. … The walk was four miles, but she felt it would be better than waiting around for a school bus.”

When Lara returned home later that day, she expected to see her sister, but Jamie was nowhere to be found. Lara, 14 years old at the time, started phoning her sister’s friends in an attempt to locate her.

“I was scared to death,” Lara said. “She was the only family I knew as I child. We grew up in foster homes together from the time I was 3 and she was 4. Our father had been imprisoned, and we were taken away from our mother.”

When her sister failed to return home by dark, the police were notified; however, they would not initially accept the report. “Back then, a person had to be missing for a specific period of time,” Lara said.

Once it finally accepted the case, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation and conducted several searches. Yet each ended in disappointment.

“We worked the case hard but were unable to determine what happened to her,” Detective Rick Buckner told AOL News. “We didn’t find anything.”

A Stab to the Heart

As the investigation into Jamie Grissim’s disappearance ground to a halt, detectives moved on to other cases in the area. Among them was the March 29, 1972, discovery of the body of 18-year-old Barbara Ann Derry in a silo in Northern Clark County. Derry, who had last been seen hitchhiking several weeks earlier, had been killed by a single stab wound to the heart.

Investigators interviewed several of Derry’s known associates but were unable to develop a suspect in her murder.

Less than two months after discovering Derry’s body, police caught something of a break in Grissim’s case when they found several of her belongings scattered along an isolated roadway in Dole Valley. The location was roughly 40 miles from Grissim’s home.

The find sparked an extensive search of the area, including the use of cadaver dogs. Once again, detectives came up empty-handed; once again, the case stalled.

A few years later, investigators were still working the Grissim and Derry cases when they were notified of a reported kidnapping and assault in the area. On July 17, 1974, a 15-year-old female hitchhiker was picked up near Ridgefield by a man in a blue van. Pulling a knife on her, the man drove to the Tukes Mountain area, took the girl into a wooded area, and hogtied and beat her before he left, promising to return later.

Once the man drove off, the girl chewed through her bindings and hid in a nearby field. Later found by a Clark County Parks employee, the victim was able to provide police with a detailed description of her abductor. A picture of the suspect slowly began to develop.

Jamie Grissim, left, is seen with her sister Starr in this undated photograph.  

Courtesy of Starr Lara
Jamie Grissim, left, poses with her sister Starr in this undated photograph.

‘He Had Done This Before’

There was a striking similarity between the kidnapping and the Grissim and Derry cases: In each instance, a girl was either hitchhiking or walking in a remote area. That similarity was also echoed on Oct. 1, 1974, when a 20-year-old woman accepted a ride from a man who later attacked her.

The woman was standing on a street corner in Portland when a man in a blue van offered her money to pose for photos. She agreed. He then drove her to a state park, where he threatened her with a knife and bound her hands with tape before driving her another 25 miles, to a sparsely populated area in Clark County.

“During the time that the victim was with the suspect, he related to her that he had done this before, indicating the abduction and assault of females,” a police report said.

The man then raped the victim and shot her in the chest with “hand-honed darts” from a pellet pistol, police said. Afterward, he took her down a remote path, choked her unconscious and stabbed her five times in the chest. He covered her body with brush before fleeing the scene.

“The victim, however, was not mortally wounded and after approximately two hours was able to make her way to a public road, where she obtained assistance,” a police report read.

Police said the victim identified her attacker as Warren Leslie Forrest, a 25-year-old married father of two from Battleground, Wash., who worked for the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. Investigators determined Forrest also owned a 1973 blue Ford van.

On Feb. 4, 1975, Forrest pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to rape, robbery and assault in the abduction. As a result, he was acquitted and ordered to complete a four-year commitment at Western State Mental Hospital.

A Pair of Shallow Graves

In the meantime, investigators had made some other startling finds. Less than two weeks after Forrest’s assault on the Portland woman, authorities discovered a shallow grave containing the skeletal remains of two women in the Dole Valley area. The location was close to where Grissim’s belongings had been found.

The medical examiner identified one of the women as 18-year-old Carol L. Valenzuela, who had been missing since Aug. 2, 1974, while reportedly hitchhiking in the Camas area. Police say they believe she was suffocated.

The second woman has yet to be identified but is described as white, 17 to 23 years old, with long, dark brown hair.

Then on July 12, 1976, another shallow grave came to light, this time on Tukes Mountain. Inside was the partially clothed body of 19-year-old Krista Kay Blake, who had been hogtied with twine. Further investigation revealed Blake, who had a penchant for hitchhiking, was last seen getting into a blue van driven by a white male on July 11, 1974.

Two witnesses told police they saw Blake talking to Forrest on the day she disappeared. That, combined with other items found inside his van, prompted authorities to arrest him.

In 1978, Forrest — then nearing the end of his sentence at the mental hospital — went to trial for the murder of Krista Kay Blake. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

But since there were no mandatory sentencing laws at the time, Forrest will be eligible for parole on April 15, 2014.

Last Piece of the Puzzle?

Since Forrest’s conviction in the Blake case, investigators have tried to find evidence linking him to the other unsolved murders, all of which occurred within a “general five- to 10-mile area,” according to Buckner.

“It is suspected that Jamie was the first victim of Warren Forrest,” Buckner said. “It is [also] suspected that he was involved in the other cases, but [we] could never prove anything.”

Buckner’s department is now focused on identifying the Jane Doe found alongside Valenzuela, keying in on the fact that their grave was located near the spot Grissim’s belongings were scattered. Could Jane Doe, in fact, be Jamie Grissim?

Though Lara has provided a DNA sample to see whether there’s a match with Jane Doe, investigators have not announced their findings. “They said they are trying to extract the DNA from her hair, which I guess is harder to do,” Lara said.

And with every day that passes, Lara’s long wait for answers continues.

“Even all these years later, I think of Jamie every single day,” Lara said. “She always protected me, and she was more than a big sister, she was like a mother to me. She would have gone to the ends of the earth and stopped at nothing to bring justice if this had happened to me, so I can do no less for her.”

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