Family members of Sandra Ladd, the 71-year-old Washougal grandmother found murdered in her home in June 2020, say they are frustrated by what they consider a lack of movement in the homicide investigation.
“It’s in the hands of the detectives at the Washougal Police Department,” said Kelly Upjohn, Ladd’s niece. “Oregon Crime Stoppers have been posting and in communication with them as well. But aside from that, from what I’ve been told, there’s nothing else. We just have to wait.”
For Upjohn, waiting is only increasing the anguish she felt after discovering her beloved aunt had been murdered.
“We lost her, and it was horrible,” Upjohn, a Battle Ground resident, recently told The Post-Record. “You start the grieving process as a human being, and you go through it, but then there’s … no closure. Hopefully they get answers, and eventually when it gets to a point where they make an arrest, we can move on and finally get closure.”
Ladd, a longtime Washougal School District employee, was found dead in her Washougal home, located in the 1900 block of 41st Street, June 14, 2020. Police later said Ladd was the victim of homicidal violence. An autopsy showed Ladd died from stabbing wounds to her torso.