Man charged in murder free on bail

Jun 21, 2019

Terrence Miller, a former Edmonds man arrested in a cold-case murder, is free after posting a $750,00 bond. It had originally been $1 million.

Detectives from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office the 77-year-old in April and charged him with the 1972 murder of 20-year-old Jody Gwen Loomis. She had also been raped, according to Snohomish County court documents.

Miller, who attended Edmonds High School, has pleaded not guilty. He is required to be electronically monitored in his home on 52nd Avenue West in unincorporated Snohomish County, which has an Edmonds mailing address.

His trial is scheduled for October.

Loomis’ body was found in what was a heavily wooded area near what is now Mill Creek Road, east of the intersection of Bothell-Everett Highway and 164th Street SW.

It was on Aug. 23, 1972, that Loomis – who was engaged to be married – climbed on her 10-speed bike and left her home at 20 Winesap Road in Bothell to ride her horse Saudi, located in a stable on Strumme Road.

It was her first time riding her bike to the stable, her parents said later. They typically dropped her off themselves.

She rode north on North Road to 164th Street SE and east toward Bothell-Everett Highway. She was last seen crossing the highway and riding up the hill on what was then called Penny Creek Road (now Mill Creek Road) at 5 p.m.

At about 5:30 p.m., two people found Loomis in nearby woods, naked except for underwear, socks and boots, and shot in the right temple with a .22-caliber handgun. She was on her back, gasping for air. The passers-by took her to Stevens Memorial Hospital in Edmonds (now Swedish Edmonds), where she was pronounced dead on arrival.


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