Man suspected of killing woman along Burke-Gilman Trail arrested

Man suspected of killing woman along Burke-Gilman Trail arrested
Jowanna Gooden was found murdered along the Burke-Gilman Trail Oct. 4.

SEATTLE -- Police have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a young Renton woman last month along the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the investigation into the Oct. 4 death of 26-year-old Jowanna Gooden led homicide detectives, SWAT and CSI to the suspect, who was arrested inside a Renton apartment Tuesday.

“I take pride in the fact that our detectives are working hard every day, bringing their expertise and focus to  bear to solve challenging cases like this one and making our community safer in the process,” Homicide Commander Mike Kebba said in a press release. “ A violent crime like this one happening alongside the Burke-Gilman Trail late at night strikes really close to home for a lot of people, particularly the victim’s family.”

A passerby found Gooden's body along the popular trail in the 2400 block of North Northlake Way around 4:30 a.m. According to the King County Medical Examiner, Gooden died from a single gunshot to the head.

A man walking his dog in the area shortly after midnight that day reported hearing a loud bang like a firework going off.

Gooden's sister described her as fun, loving and outgoing. She said she was a hard worker who was pursuing her Associate of Arts degree.

“She may have had some struggles in her life, but they should not out-shadow her wonderful personality and genuine heart,” her sister said.

The suspect has been booked into King County Jail for investigation of murder and violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Police believe Gooden knew the suspect.