Seventh Homcide of 2007 – Steven Chennells

Sorry this one took so long to post, I had to do a little research to find it:

On the evening of May 9th, two people were walking on South 12th Street under the Highway 16 overpass when they noticed a body in a sleeping bag. It had been there for at least two weeks. Initially detectives thought he died of natural causes, but the autopsy revealed evidence of homicidal violence.

The man has been identified as a local homeless man in his mid-50s. His name is currently unavailable.

Personally I find these deaths to be among the worst. There’s little to no media coverage and the likelihood of the murder being solved isn’t good. It’s what has been called a ‘misdemeanor homicide’. An anonymous nobody dies as anonymously as he lived with no one even noticing for two weeks.

If his name is released, you’ll read it here, but few other places.


Update: His name was Steven Christopher Chennells. He was 51. When found, he was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt with an American flag on it. The last time anyone was known to have seen him was early April. Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 reward for information in this case. To provide information, call 253-591-5959

Also if you have any information about Steven, who he was and that sort of thing, feel free to email me at or leave the information in the comments below.


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