Police looking for suspect after body found on Burke Gilman Trail

by: Linzi Sheldon Updated:

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SEATTLE —

Police are trying to find the suspect who shot and killed a woman whose body was found along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Officers said the woman was in her 20s and that it was a targeted attack.

"Detectives believe that this is not a random attack, a random incident," Detective Mark Jamieson said.

KIRO 7 asked why. Police said it was a part of the investigation.

Police wouldn't say anything more about how, if at all, the suspect knew the victim.

Officers said a passerby called 911 to alert them about the body around 4:30 a.m. this morning -- and discovered her body here -- along the Burke-Gilman trail.

The stretch is busy with cyclists and with joggers, who wanted to know one thing.

"Was she running?" Robby Blood asked.

KIRO asked police if she was dressed in running gear.

"That I don't know," Jamieson said. He said investigators are not releasing a lot of information, including whether the woman had anything with her, like a bike, or if police discovered a weapon.

Janice Matthews, who lives across the street, said she wants to know whether the woman was shot there or if it happened somewhere else and the killer left her body near the trail.

Terry Ladd, who was out walking his dog after midnight, said he heard a single gunshot.

Police said the community doesn't need to worry about being on the trail.