Washington’s Shanan Lynn Read found floating in the Puget Sound in Kitsap County


Shanan Lynn Read of Washington, United States has died. She was 33.

For years, Read struggled with substance abuse. In 2003, she gave birth to her fourth and youngest child.

Read lived in different parts of Washington including Auburn and Seattle. No one reported her missing before she was found dead.

Shanan Lynn Read (©Kitsap County Sheriff's Office)
Shanan Lynn Read (©Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office)

On January 15, 2006, a boater found Read’s decomposed and decapitated body floating inside a Rubbermaid tote container near Blake Island, a Puget Sound island in Kitsap County, Washington. The boater called Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers, who responded and contacted the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Within days, investigators were able to identify Read using her fingerprint records. She might have died in an apartment in Seattle and her body was dumped off the waters of Port Orchard, Kitsap County in September 2005, according to a tip that came in to authorities in Kitsap County in March 2006.

Also in March 2006, a human head was found in Port Orchard but investigators have yet to confirm whether it is Read’s. Other tips claimed that she was killed by one of the four men she was with at an apartment on Capitol Hill, Seattle.


Located along Washington’s northwestern coast, Puget Sound is the second largest estuary in the U.S. The largest one is Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia.

Major cities on Puget Sound include Everett, Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma. The sound was named after Peter Puget, a Huguenot lieutenant who accompanied Royal Navy officer George Vancouver on the Vancouver Expedition. 

Anyone with information about Shanan Lynn Read‘s death is asked to contact the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

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