Police Details Evidence In Belltown Murder Case

Seattle police documents released this morning detail the evidence that led detectives to a suspect in the murder of Michelle Thornton, who was found dead in her Belltown apartment in January.

According to an SPD probable cause statement, police found Michelle Thornton’s body in a closet in her apartment on 1st and Vine on January 6th.

There were signs of a struggle in the apartment, and Thornton was found nude from the waist down. Police records indicate she’d been sexually assaulted, and strangled.

Police checked footage from cameras in Thornton’s building, and identified a man seen accompanying Thornton into the building on several occasions.

Records say the man was 33-year-old Gary Anthony Wade, whose fingerprints and DNA were found all over Thornton’s apartment.

Police interviewed Thornton’s half-brother, who told detectives Thornton had been purchasing crack cocaine from Wade since November.

Wade is currently being held at the King County Jail for investigation of murder. He has not yet been charged.

Records indicate he has a “felony criminal history” in Utah.