Blood Oath Murder
As the inquiry into the missing woman intensified, another neighbor told detectives that Sherry's ex-boyfriend had previously beaten "her to a bloody pulp," and that Sherry had been afraid to break up with Christensen out of fear that he might kill her.
"This is what she was afraid of," a friend said. "She said she was afraid he would hurt her if she broke up with him."
One of the neighbors reported having seen Christensen on the day of the loud argument, lurking next to Sherry's car. Her dog, Roscoe, had been tied inside the car on the driver's side. The car's trunk was also open. When the neighbor had asked about Sherry's whereabouts, Christensen had reportedly replied that he did not know where she was but acknowledged that it was Sherry's dog inside her car.
Extending their investigation into Gold Bar, with assistance from the local police, the Snohomish County authorities wanted to speak with Christensen more than ever. As they closed in on him, a witness in Gold Bar reported that Christensen had been seen with Sherry's dog in his possession. Later, detectives reported that Christensen had said that Sherry "didn't need the dog anymore."
Checking phone records, detectives learned that the last call Sherry had received had been at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2010, and that the call had come from Christensen's residence.
Police acknowledged that they were not any closer to finding Sherry Harlan or her dog, but were hopeful that the outlook would change after they had a chance to interview Christensen.