Former E-W student dies

When found, she was alive in a donation bin
By Brian Soergel | May 30, 2017
Patricia DeValkeneer

A 22-year-old woman who attended Edmonds-Woodway High School was found dead May 21 in unincorporated Everett.

Although the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has not identified the victim, family and friends on Facebook identified her as Patricia DeValkeneer, and her obituary can seen at

According to Shari Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, it was about 10:40 p.m. on Sunday that a deputy responded to an apartment complex at the 900 block of 132nd Street SW, just west of I-5 and south of Mariner High School.

The deputy met an employee who picks up items from collection bins, and who found an unresponsive, clothed young female in one of the bins, Ireton said.

The deputy wrote, “Based on the clothing items between her body, the position she was seated and lack of signs indicating trauma, I believe the female was alive while in the donation bin, and I do not believe that suspicious factors are involved in this incident.”

The death is not considered suspicious at this time, Ireton said, pending medical examiner results.

The Edmonds School District confirmed from DeValkeneer attended Edmonds-Woodway, but dropped out in 2012.

According to her obituary, she leaves behind “the love of her life,” Tony Miller; her mother Laurel Bleakley; her fathers, Darell Bleakley and Cy Baker; her brothers Zack and P.J. DeValkeneer, Colt Torres, Joey and Nathan Linder; and sisters Shalicia and Miriam Willey.

Services were held May 27 in Lynnwood.


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