As of Tuesday, November 26, 2013
NESPELEM Autopsy results have yet to be released in the case of a local woman found dead last week.
Maria Victoria Sanchez, 29, was found dead near the bridge over the Nespelem River on School Loop Road shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.
The Colville Tribal Police Department is currently investigating the cause and circum-stances of the death.
Through-out the weekend, friends and relatives expressed their shock and sorrow on the Facebook pages of The Chronicle and Mia Stanger, a page belonging to Sanchez.
“She was a wonderful person,” Omak resident Kim Hamilton Moomaw wrote.
“Mia was a beautiful person inside and out and will be missed deeply,” Yakima resident Angelica Cruz said.
A funeral and rosary were planned for Sanchez at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Nespelem Community Center, 1 Colville St.
According to local residents, the bridge was closed to traffic Thursday night and Friday morning while police investigated the area.
On Friday, Police Chief Cory Orr said the cause of death was unknown.
Sanchez has had a history of run-ins with law enforcement, including a March 21 arrest for outstanding warrants related to driving while under the influence, hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.
In 2012, she pleaded guilty to third-degree malicious mischief; in 2011, she pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license.
This is the second body that has been found on the Colville Indian Reservation in the past five months.