“Love you Mama.”
Those were the words Kerry Crane heard from her daughter Erin as the 25-year-old left her parents’ Washougal home and headed to a job interview on Nov. 12, 2007.
Later that evening, police found Erin Dawn Wilson dead at a house northeast of Vancouver. The young woman with the captivating smile had been strangled with her favorite scarf, her body was wrapped in a blanket stained with blood.
The next day arrested and charged with first-degree murder was Wilson’s husband, Larry F. Van Schaick. He eventually pleaded guilty and is now serving a 14 year sentence.
“She was just getting her life back together,” Crane said.
The mother and daughter moved to Washougal from Nevada in 1990 when Erin was in the fourth grade. With laughter, Crane describes her only child as loving and giving, but also pigheaded and stubborn.
“She was beautiful,” Crane said. “She wasn’t perfect. She was just starting to grow up.”