Several members of the Ethiopian community want answers in the shocking death of a 13-year-old Skagit County girl who died of Hypothermia in her adoptive parents back yard.
“We just want the truth,” said Mulumebet Retta, President of the Ethiopian Community Mutual Association in Seattle.
Hana Grace-Rose Williams was found dead on May 12. She has been living with her adoptive parents since coming America from Ethiopia in 2008.
Child Protective Services says Williams lost a significant amount of weight before her death. It is concerned about whether Williams was abused before her death.
The adoptive parents’ eight other children have been removed from the home and placed into foster care.
The ECMA plans an August 21 candle light vigil for Williams at their location at 8232 Rainier Ave. South in Seattle.
Members are also concerned about the length of time its taken for the investigation to happen. Three months after Williams was found and there is still no word on any charges.
“We want to know what is going on,” said Retta. “We’ve sent them a letter expressing our concerns. This is a wakeup call for our community and we want to know what happened.”
Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich says he received the case from Sheriff’s investigators a few weeks ago and is carefully reviewing the case to determine any charges.
A Facebook remembrance page has been set up for Hana at http://www.facebook.com/groups/156422897766042/