September 28, 2007

Mike webb's family, dave ross ask: 'What's up with missing persons?'

Stick_figures2 Why are missing persons seemingly such low priority to local cops? Dave Ross (KIRO m-f, 9a-12p) asked that question today, about Tanya Rider, the Maple Valley woman, rescued after more than a week trapped inside her wrecked car.

A sheriff's office flack didn't have very satisfying explanations. Why did it take so long to ping her cell phone- which is the relatively easy investigative method that found her?

As we were listening to Ross, we got an email from murdered talk host, Mike Webb's sister, Marian Bogni still stinging from the bungled Missing Person's investigation that failed so spectacularly to find Mike's body even as it lay in his own house!

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July 19, 2007

UPDATING: Bail set at $1 million in Webb murder; police say there's a confession

Scott_white We crammed into the sweaty little room full of cameras and reporters in Courtroom #2 at the King County Jail hoping to get a glimpse of 28-year-old Scott White, the man police say has confessed to murdering Mike Webb and secreting his body in a crawlspace in Webb's house.

(PHOTO: Scott White, courtesy KIROTV, read their coverage here.) )

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July 01, 2007

An embattled Chief Kerlikowski has more 'splainin' to do...

Imgp0761_2Let's get this straight, Chief.

Seattle Police officers went into slain talk host Mike Webb's house twice over months and didn't see, smell, or grok Webb's body in the basement?

Even though you say they had a cadaver dog?! (These dogs' noses are so sensitive they can sniff out bodies under running water, in piles of rubble, or under many feet of avalanched snow).

Even though the next door neighbor reported flies thick on a basement window; and Mike's brother, at about the time the dog supposedly went in the house, reported a smell so strong he had to wear a mask?

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June 29, 2007

Property manager tells how body was found

The following is an  email to KING 5.com sent to KING5 News reporter Chris Daniels from David Neth, the property manager for the Seattle home in which a body was found and that was rented by missing radio host Mike Webb:
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I am a 30 year Seattle Realtor with The Landmark Group and I sold this house (as agent) to the owner in the early 1990's as a rental and have managed it for her since then.

I met Michael when he moved into the house with his then partner, Steve Ligino. This was in July of 1992. Back then Mike worked for KIXI. 

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BREAKING: Mike Webb was murdered

The King County Medical Examiner has ruled Mike Webb's death is a homicide from multiple sharp force injuries.

Mike Webb 1955-2007 R.I.P.

Michael Kenneth Webb is dead, he would have been 53 years old in September.

One of the very few liberal talkers in liberal Seattle was behind the microphone nearly 10 years at KIRO. He served at KVI as a DJ, and program director when that station was still an oldies station owned by Gene Autry.Mikewebb_small_2

Mike was known to his listeners as a passionate advocate of his point of view and a ferocious adversary to the opposing side.

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Radio call-in tribute to Mike Webb scheduled today

The Medical Examiner's office expects to have the identification of the body found in Mike Webb's house by early afternoon.

Without yet knowing Mike_webb_jpg_3 about the fate of Mike Webb, his old friend, and fellow broadcaster, John McMullen will take calls in an on-line GAYBC Radio talk tribute to Mike.

He writes: I'd like to open up and do a tribute and retrospective to Mike at 3 pm Pacific Friday at gaybc.com. Those who wish to join, are welcome to do so.

The Medical Examiner's office expects to have the identification of the body found in Mike Webb's house by early afternoon.

Without knowing yet about the fate of Mike Webb, his old friend, and fellow broadcaster, John McMullen will take calls in an on-line GAYBC Radio talk tribute to Mike.

He writes: I'd like to open up and do a tribute and retrospective to Mike at 3 pm Pacific, Friday at gaybc.com. Those who wish to join, are welcome to do so.

P-I story suggests murder at Webb's house: tarp-covered body was in crawl space

Read Levi Pulkkininen's story in the P-I:

Property manager David Neth, a longtime acquaintance of Webb's, said he discovered the body Thursday while cleaning out a basement crawl space in the abandoned house.

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UPDATE from Mike's house

Mike wouldn't have liked all the hubbub around his house.

The shabby white house with the peeling paint that Mike had rented for 14 years was hidden in the trees on the sloped lot above Third Avenue West. Imgp0749_3

It was hard to find- Mike said he liked it that way.

Besides the TV satellite trucks hubbubing around the blocked off Smith Street, and the steep driveway were three cruisers, some unmarked cop cars, a couple of grey police vans, and the cop motorhome with hot coffee and clean bathroom.

Mike didn't like cops, either.

And now they were crawling all over his house and yard- scores of them- wearing blue barrier gloves and white paper masks.

Ominously, the Medical Examiner's brown Chevy pickup was parked in the middle of the street.

We stood with the reporters, the camera guys and the neighborhood lookie-loos for hours as homicide cops did their "suspicious death" investigation under the two white crime scene canopies set up in Mike's yard.

I've never met him, every neighbor we talked to said. Lived here for years, didn't know it was Mike Webb who lived there.

The bombastic Mike's off-air life was considerably lower key than his on-air persona might indicate.

The cops were called this afternoon about 2p by the landlord's agent, who called 911 after he discovered the body in the house- although he wouldn't say exactly where.

The body was so decomposed that its gender, race, or age could be determined.   

A family member tells BlatherWatch: "The police had cadaver dogs in there, it was either June 15 or 22nd. The police have done "thorough" searches at least twice, assuring us they went through the house several times on each visit.

The landlord told neighbors he had been in the house a couple of weeks before, and Mike's brother Wayne had been up from California and had been in the house.

But "transients" were said to have been in and out of the easily accessed house, despite attempts to board it up.

The family is hoping the body will be ID-ed in the morning.
 

June 28, 2007

BREAKING: Body found in Mike Webb's house

070628_mike_webb_sm2 Police are investigating a suspicious death case after a body was found inside a house in the 2000 block of 3rd Avenue West around 3 p.m. on Thursday, according to police.

Police said the owner of the house found the body inside the rental home where former KIRO radio personality Mike Webb lived before he disappeared in April.

Police said it is impossible to tell whether the body is that of Webb.

"The body is badly decomposed at this time," said Assistant Police Chief Nick Metz. "We can't determine the person's gender, age, race, and that all will not be able to be determined until we work with the King County Medical Examiner's Office to determine all of that."

Webb was last seen on April 13th and has been reported missing since. Police said they searched Webb's home after the initial report of his disappearance, though they can't specify exactly when they made their visit.

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June 14, 2007

Mike Webb's landlord: pay up or get out

Weekly_cover Duct-taped to the door is a plain white form: the kind rental agents buy on pads from office supply stores.

NOTICE TO PAY RENT OR QUIT PREMISES

It's the first step in the eviction of Mike Webb.

He needs to get current with his landlord- one Mr. Fang- by June 30 or vacate the house on Queen Anne Hill where he's lived for years. (It's the house, though worse for the wear, that's sheltered him through the death of his partner, his mom, and his old and loyal dog, Frances.

Webb is gone, and his belongings are still in the house- at least what's left of them. After Mike disappeared, the premises were trashed by transients and who knows else. His brother Wayne came up from California to see after the situation; after huddling with police, he and some of Mike's friends cleaned up the mess, mowed the lawn.

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June 11, 2007

Mike Webb still missing, his house trashed

Mike_webb_jpg Mike Webb's house has been ransacked, and he's still missing; but he left his car, and other personal effects behind, according to his deeply worried family.

Friends and family haven't heard from the former KIRO late night talk host, since April 13, although a Dept. of Corrections spokesman told Blatherwatch that Webb called in to his Community Custody officer on April 30.

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May 19, 2007

Mike Webb: proud, self-destructive, and gone missing

Gone_missing_2He is missing, but his beloved Lexus and his underwear are not. The black leather jacket he always wore lay on the floor in his house. That's what's most worrisome to his friends and family.

What's happened to Mike Webb?

Webb, 51, has history of self-destructive tendencies. He's an alcoholic who says he doesn't drink; and has threatened suicide as recently as September during a mental breakdown in front of the jury that caused a mistrial.

Checking in on Webb's streamed "talk show" (rarely did anyone talk but himself) since his conviction in February, we noticed a few things: he rambled and screwed up, pushing the wrong buttons sometimes; and knocking over stuff.

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May 18, 2007

UPDATE: MIKE WEBB MISSING

Former KIRO talk host Mike Webb has been reported missing from his Queen Anne apartment by his sister, who said she hasn't talked to him since April 13, according to KOMO news.

Marian Bagni told KOMO news she thinks he might be in danger.

"He left things behind he'd never leave," she said.

April 13 was the last blog entry on his Web site. He hasn't been heard on his live streaming show since approximately that date.

BlatherWatch has made inquiries with a couple of Webb's friends over the month and they've have said they haven't heard from him or know of whereabouts.

The liberal talk host was convicted in February for insurance fraud, and has had mental problems, and had a history of acting irrational. 

Stay tuned for updates.

(photo: Seattle Times)