Crime

Death of ex-Ki-Be student may be homicide

TONASKET -- A Tonasket woman found dead in a remote area near Fish Lake may have been slain.

The body of Michelle Lee Kitterman, 25, was found at 12:20 p.m. Sunday in a driveway off North Pine Creek Road.

Autopsy results have not been released, but Okanogan County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the death as a homicide, Sheriff Frank Rogers said.

Rogers said he could not yet release any further details.

The Omak Chronicle reported the woman graduated from Kiona-Benton High School. Herald records show Michelle Kitterman was a student at Ki-Be Elementary School in Benton City in 1992, and she is listed on Classmates.com as attending Ki-Be High from 1996-2000.

Kitterman is a single parent with a young son, her cousin Kory Garcia of Oroville said.

"She was a great cousin and loved her kid," he said. "It's just a terrible mess."

According to Garcia, Kitterman has two sisters, her twin Danielle and an older sister Malinda, who is serving in the Navy in Iraq. Both Danielle and Michelle Kitterman played AAU basketball on a Benton City grade school team in 1994.

Garcia said the family is grieving the loss of Kitterman and trying to come to terms with her death.

"It's just too much right now," he said.

Kitterman's great-aunt, Wanda Kitterman of Tonasket, said she is still in shock.

"I feel awful, just awful," she said. "It's the worst thing you can imagine."

She said the family has been told Kitterman's death is likely a homicide.

"I hope they find out who did it," she said.

Okanogan County Superior Court records show Kitterman was arrested Feb. 2 on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. She was also previously charged in Snohomish County with two counts of domestic violence, court records show.

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