Redmond police announced Friday the identity of a woman who was brutally murdered by her wife on April 1.
Tiffany Scotland, 26, was killed in what police described as a “tragic domestic violence” case in which her wife Aterraka Scotland, 26, is being held at King County jail on $1 million bail for the alleged homicide.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Tiffany Scotland’s cause of death was asphyxia due to strangulation. Initial evidence suggests she had been dead for several days, police said.
Tiffany Scotland’s next of kin was notified in Georgia Thursday night.
“The investigation is far from complete, but everything indicates this was a tragic domestic violence incident and there was no danger to the public,” Redmond police Lt. Tim Gately said in a news release.
At about 9 p.m. on April 3, police received a call from a roommate of the couple. According to Redmond police spokesperson Andrea Wolf-Buck, the male roommate hadn’t heard from the victim or her wife, who were all living together at Redmond Hill apartments, for a couple of days.
He went to check on them and found Tiffany Scotland dead in the couple’s bedroom.
Police arrived at the apartment in the 18700 block of Redmond Way and immediately determined the death of the victim was suspicious. As they continued to investigate, they deemed her death to be a homicide.
Detectives found the suspect less than 24 hours after the homicide. Aterraka Scotland was getting off a Redmond bus when police arrested her. Wolf-Buck said she was detained without incident, interviewed by detectives and was booked into King County jail on suspicion of homicide.
Aterraka Scotland is currently awaiting formal charges.