Thomas C. Wales, a federal prosecutor based in Seattle,
was killed 10 years ago this month. And close to the
anniversary of his tragic death, efforts to find his killer are
once again being ramped up.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday came to Seattle to
help shine the light on the case, in the hopes that a tip or clue
could come forward that will help bring justice to the unsolved
murder of a Western Washington federal prosecutor.
We’re not strangers to cold cases here in Kitsap County. Four in
five homicides go
unsolved. Indeed, as a country,
6,000 people a year get away with murder.
Here’s more about the Wales killing from a news release by the
U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle:
SEATTLE – Attorney General Eric Holder joined U.S. Attorney for
the Western District of Washington Jenny A. Durkan, the Wales
family and the FBI in Seattle today to announce a new media and
social media effort to seek information related to the 2001 slaying
of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas C. Wales. Wales worked as a
federal prosecutor in the Western District of Washington for 18
years before he was shot and killed 10 years ago in his home the
evening of Oct. 11, 2001.
“Tom was a dedicated public servant, a committed advocate, and a
loving father and friend,” Attorney General Holder said.
“Although this case remains unsolved, and Tom’s killer
remains unknown, our resolve to uncover the truth – and to help
Tom’s family, friends, colleagues and neighbors find the answers
and the closure that they deserve – has never been stronger.”
“The message to the public is: what you know may matter. Please
call. What may seem to you to be a small, insignificant observation
could be a critical clue for law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney
Durkan. “It was one month after the 9-11 attacks. Think back,
remember what you saw, heard or knew, and use the FBI tip line.
You could make the difference.”
In conjunction with the anniversary, the FBI is launching a
major media and social media effort to encourage people with
information to come forward. Investigators believe there are
people who have not yet contacted the FBI, either because they are
fearful or they do not believe their information is
This effort includes advertisements in The Seattle
Times and The Stranger, on Seattle-area billboards,
and in commercials on local radio and television which start today
and run through the anniversary of Wales’ death on October 11th.
The FBI has also launched a new web page, www.fbi.gov/wales
which is solely committed to posting and receiving information from
the public about the Wales case. Additionally, the FBI will use its
existing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages to reach the public
across the country to seek any new information.
In addition to these efforts, anyone with even the smallest bit
of information is encouraged to contact the FBI and can do so
confidentially by phone at 1-800 CALL FBI or by email at
email@example.com. People can also send anonymous tips to
the FBI at PO Box 2755, Seattle, Washington, 98111.
“The murder of Tom Wales was more than a single act of violence
against an individual,” said Greg Fowler, FBI Inspector-in-Charge
of the case. “It was a crime that impacted many, but no one
more than his family. Tom Wales left behind a legacy and a
life that cannot be replaced. We remain confident that, with
the public’s help, we will find those responsible and bring them to
The FBI and the Seattle Police Department have led the joint
investigation since the beginning. They are joined by staff
from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
“It is regretful that the suspect in Tom Wales’ murder has not
been brought to justice,” said Seattle Police Chief John Diaz.
“We will continue to work with our federal partners and do
everything within our investigatory power to solve this heinous
“Attorney General Holder’s presence is a powerful reminder of
the Justice Department’s dedication to pursuing justice in the
murder of Tom Wales,” said Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting
Attorney. “Local prosecutors will continue our partnership
with federal investigators on this case. We are determined to
solve this terrible crime.”
The compete library of information, including copies of the
print and broadcast media pieces, the FBI “Seeking Information”
poster, details about the tiplines and more can be found at
www.fbi.gov/wales. Additional information regarding the FBI’s
efforts is available at www.facebook.com/FBI,
twitter.com/#!/FBIPRESSOFFICE and www.youtube.com/user/FBI.
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