Linda Malcom’s family gets together, or passes the phone around
at holiday gatherings for siblings living afar, there is this
constant feeling that something isn’t right.
And even when they joke around about their late sister and
daughter, when they ask “What would
Linda say about that?” or recall some goofy thing she did,
invariably the mood changes and the loss is felt.
“We start out with Linda, she might come up in conversation, and
we try to come up with something funny she did or said, and still
it turns,” said Dianna Malcom, 55, Linda’s sister. “It always seems
to turn back to the fact of what we have had to deal with, what
happened, and that we have no answers.”
April 30 marked the sixth anniversary of Linda’s death, who was
47. Her rental house on the 1100 block of Sidney Avenue had been
fire, likely to conceal the crime.
Her death is one of 32
unsolved murders in Kitsap County dating back to 1961. Although
the killers have not been brought to justice, there are
developments in the cases that keep detectives rethinking and
theorizing. Just last week the
remains of a young man found in South Kitsap in 2009 were
Port Orchard Police Chief Geoffrey Marti said investigators
assigned to the case will rotate, with Det. Beth Deatherage
becoming the primary lead. Det. Jim Foster, who has been on the
case for four years, will rotate back to assignment as a uniformed
officer, but will be on day shift with Deatherage so they will be
able to compare notes.
Marti said the investigators will review the case and
reinterview sources. Some have moved out of the area, and others
“It makes it difficult,” Marti said, but noted the department is
still committed to the case. “I am glad to say the detectives have
been able to keep developing things to work with.”
Linda’s family has been steadfast in pushing for more
information, to get her name out and to appeal to the decency of
those with information about her death.
“We don’t forget,” Dianna said.
Raised in Springfield, Ill., the Navy brought Linda to Kitsap
County. Despite being two time zones away from her hometown on the
prairie, and her big family — she was one of nine kids — she
decided to stick around. She worked as a paralegal and liked
Linda is buried in Springfield, and her family keeps her grave
clean and will pour out a bit of wine in her honor. Her mom is
mobile, and tends to the gravesite. Her dad has more difficulty
getting out of the house, but it is their wish to see justice
delivered before they die.
“I don’t think (mom) wants to go before she knows who did this
to her daughter,” Dianna said.
Those with information on Linda Malcom’s death can contact a tip
line set up by the Port Orchard Police. The number is:
1-844-TIP-POPD, or 1-844-847-7673.
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