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Body of missing woman found near Gold Creek Community Park

The woman was a beloved teacher at Little Cedars Elementary School.


January 17, 2020

Photo courtesy of the Snohomish School District

Kathleen Jenks had been a teacher at Little Cedars Elementary since 2017. Her body was recovered by the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Jan. 15 near Gold Creek Community Park. She had been reported missing Jan. 13.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has recovered the body of a woman who had been reported missing. The woman's body was found near the 6300 block of Snohomish Cascade Drive, which is near Gold Creek Community Park. The woman's body was discovered by someone walking in the area around 8 p.m. on Jan. 15. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner identified the woman as 57-year-old Kathleen E. Jenks on Jan. 16. They determined her cause of death as hypothermia, and said it was an accident.

Jenks was a second-grade teacher at Little Cedars Elementary School and had been at the school since 2017. "We are heartbroken by this news. Her death is a profound loss to our Little Cedars Elementary family, our school district and to the Snohomish community. Mrs. Jenks loved kids and was passionate about helping them reach their full potential," the school posted on its website. Before teaching at Little Cedars, she had been a teacher with the Shoreline School District for 27 years.

Counseling and support staff will be available at the school starting Friday, Jan. 17.


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