Inmate’s tip leads to arrest in 1979 Wash. killing

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Snohomish County investigators say a tip generated by a deck of “cold case” playing cards has helped solve a killing that occurred more than three decades ago.

A 57-year-old Seattle man was arrested Friday night at his home and booked for investigation of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Snohomish County resident Susan Schwarz on Oct. 22, 1979. His name was not immediately released.

A month ago a prison inmate reported the tip that led to the arrest after seeing the story of the killing on a playing card deck distributed by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office cold case team. The team is investigating more than 60 unsolved killings and missing person cases dating to the 1970s.