Husband cleared in Washington state hike shooting cold case

SEATTLE (AP) — The father and husband of two women who were gunned down while hiking in Washington state 12 years ago has now been cleared of suspicion in the case.

A spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said cold case detectives asked David Stodden to take a third polygraph test on Wednesday in connection to the murders of his wife, Mary Cooper, and daughter, Susanna Stodden.

Hikers discovered the two women, aged 56 and 27, shot dead along Mount Pilchuck’s Pinnacle Lake Trail on July 11, 2006.

Stodden has now passed the test and authorities say they do not believe he was involved in their deaths.

Stodden said he felt vindicated but remains frustrated that there are no new leads or suspects in the investigation.