It was, in part, curiosity that brought Karen Gilchrist to court Monday morning to lay eyes for the first time on the man she believes killed her sister in the 1970s.
“It was frightening. We made eye contact. It felt like he knew me,” Gilchrist said of suspected serial killer Warren Forrest. She trembled as she spoke.
Her sister, Diane Gilchrist, disappeared in the spring of 1974 when she was 14 years old. She has never been found. In 2018, KOIN-TV reported that Forrest is a person of interest in her disappearance.
Forrest, now 70, is suspected of killing at least six women and girls in the area. However, he’s only been convicted in the murder of Krista Blake, 19, who was last seen on July 11, 1974, climbing into Forrest’s light blue Ford Econoline cargo van near downtown Vancouver.
Forrest is serving a life sentence for Blake’s killing in the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, but on Monday morning, he was back in Clark County Superior Court to face a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of Martha Morrison in the 1970s.