Clues sought in Battle Ground woman’s death




Battle Ground police said Monday there were no updates on the investigation into the death of Tatyana Tupikova, whose body was found May 11 in a ditch along state Highway 503.

“Police are still investigating it as a hit-and-run,” said Bonnie Gilberti, city spokeswoman.

A passer-by reported seeing the body around 3 p.m. May 11 near the road between Eaton Boulevard and Main Street in Battle Ground. The following day police identified the body as Tupikova, 22, who was last seen a few days earlier. An autopsy determined the cause of Tupikova’s death as blunt-force trauma.

Police are asking anyone who saw suspicious activity around 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, to call Detective Joshua Phelps at 360-342-5254, or

The Battle Ground Burgerville will have a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to a memorial Facebook page for Tupikova. A portion of all the sales will be donated to the family.

Yo Factory set up a donation box for the Tupikova family and will match every dollar up to $1,000, an employee said Monday.