Woman found dead in vehicle in auto yard was missing

<p><p>GRAHAM, Wash. — The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified Patricia Soto as the woman found dead inside a vehicle trunk in a Graham auto yard in December.</p></p><p><p>The medical examiner’s office has not released a cause or manner of death for the 41-year-old, the Seattle Times <a href=”https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/law-justice/body-found-in-vehicle-trunk-in-graham-auto-yard-was-missing-woman/?utm%E2%80%94campaign=owned%E2%80%94echobox%E2%80%94tw%E2%80%94m&amp;utm%E2%80%94medium=social&amp;utm%E2%80%94source=Twitter#Echobox=1641345315-1″ target=”—blank”>reported</a>.</p></p><p><p>King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tim Meyer said detectives are investigating the case as a homicide. Soto was reportedly last seen Nov. 7 at a Burien residence, according to a Dec. 16 news release from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.</p></p><p><p>The sheriff’s office said family members were concerned for Soto’s safety because it was unusual for her to not be in contact with them for that long.</p></p><p><p>The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department was notified that a vehicle linked to a missing person’s case was towed to the auto yard, Sgt. Darren Moss Jr. said. Deputies found Soto’s body on Dec. 21 while searching the vehicle, Moss added.</p></p><p><p>The King County Sheriff’s Office is the primary agency investigating the homicide but will work with other counties, Meyer said.</p></p><p><p>No other information was immediately available because of the ongoing investigation, authorities said.</p></p>