WENATCHEE — Here’s some of what investigators say they uncovered in the Mackenzie Cowell murder case, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed this morning in Chelan County Superior Court:• Cowell was last seen driving toward Wilson’s home at 404 S. Chelan Ave., which is two blocks from the Academy of Hair Design. Cowell told co-workers she would be gone from the academy only 15 minutes.
• Cell phone data indicates Cowell’s phone “could have been sending or receiving calls and data between 1500 (3 p.m.) and 1542 (3:42 p.m.) from the area of 404 S. Chelan Ave. However, it states that “other data and analysis suggests she received these calls and one additional one while her phone was at the Orondo (Avenue) Boat launch in Wenatchee.”
• Three people reported they saw someone walking down Squilchuck Road not far from Pitcher Canyon Road between 1630 (4:30 p.m.) and 1730 (5:30 p.m.) Feb. 9. Cowell’s car was found abandoned up Pitcher Canyon later that day. The affidavit states “two witnesses described this person as wearing a dark coat. Two witnesses gave a physical description of the person that closely matches Christopher Wilson.”
• Dr. Gina Fino, who performed an autopsy on Cowell’s body, stated “an attempt was made to amputate her arm after she died.”
• When her body was found at Crescent Bar, she was still wearing her uniform from the Academy of Hair Design. According to the affidavit, “This suggests she was killed shortly after leaving that location. An analysis of stomach contents … led Dr. Gina Fino to believe she was likely killed on Feb. 9.”
• On Feb 15, Wilson was absent from the academy. He attended a few hours on Feb. 16 and 17, and then took a leave of absence from Feb. 18 to Feb. 26.
• Wilson told a detective Aug. 11 that he knew Cowell but did not talk with her, socialize with her, or pay her much attention. However, interviews with others indicated they did interact. One academy student “described a developing relationship between the two of them.” Another student at the academy told investigators that “Wilson … related to her he was developing feelings for Mackenzie Cowell and described her as ‘hot.’ ”
• Wilson told the second fellow student that “he liked to cut people up, something he apparently did while working at funeral homes. It has been confirmed that Wilson has worked for funeral homes in … Wenatchee.”
• During a search of Wilson’s residence on Wednesday, “blood spatter was found in the stairwell of the residence between the basement and the main floor. Part of the spatter was directional, consistent with coming from something not (in) contact with the wall that was deposited there. A different set of blood spatter was consistent with a contact transfer stain, meaning something bloody touched the wall and was left behind as a sample.”
Dee Riggs: 664-7147