Martin “David” Pietz has been charged with second-degree murder. He is being held on $1 million bail.
It’s been 5 years since the death of Nicole Pietz, who was last seen at her Lynnwood home by her husband on January 27, 2006.
The body of Pietz, 32, was found strangled Feb. 6, 2006, in a wooded area near South 114th and Des Moines Memorial Drive in Burien.
Her car, a 2003 Jetta was found in the University District about two weeks later.
The last person reported to have seen Pietz was her husband. Martin Pietz, who usually goes by his middle name, David, told investigators he last saw his wife around midnight Jan. 27. She was already in bed, he said, and planned to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Renton the morning of Jan. 28, a Saturday. Nicole Pietz had substance abuse problems in her youth, but had been sober for years and never missed a meeting of her AA group. David Pietz filed a missing person’s report with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office the evening of Jan. 29. For the next several days, family members and friends worked frantically to find Pietz.
Then, her body was found.
After five years, this case remains unsolved, according to Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff’s Department.
The reward for information on the case that leads to an arrest or conviction is at $36,000. In addition, Gail Schneider, Nicole’s mother, has said the family will pay the legal costs for anyone who comes forward with information germane to the case, but wishes to use the services of an attorney.
The case is active and still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 (24 hrs).