Victims' father, husband still shocked 'when I think about how much I lost'

Victims' father, husband still shocked 'when I think about how much I lost'
SEATTLE -- Four years have passed since David Stodden lost his wife and his daughter in a double murder on Mount Pilchuk.

But Stodden is still pushing for tips, even though he's been a possible suspect.

With his dog, several of his friends and a handful of journalists on Wednesday, Stodden headed to Pinnacle Lake on a trail he's gotten to know all too well. He retraced the last steps of his wife, Mary Cooper, and daughter, Susanna Stodden.

"This is the last place Mary and Susanna were alive, so I come here three of four times a year. And one reason I'm here with all of you is (to) try to get the word out," he said.

Both victims were found shot in the head after they set out on the same path nearly four years ago.

'I'm definitely not in shock anymore," Stodden said. "But I am really, I guess I am just stunned and startled, sometimes, when I think about how much I lost."

Stodden is convinced someone knows something about the murders in this tight-knit area near Granite Falls. He hopes that person will speak up, and soon.

Detectives have never cleared Stodden himself as a possible suspect. But he says he doesn't care as long as they keep investigating.

Ever since leads went cold, Stodden has been willing to do anything to keep the case in the public eye. An independent filmmaker has also taken interest in the double murder.

"Every time I bring different friends up here, it helps me. I kind of share it with them," he said.

Stodden stays busy putting up Crime Stoppers posters. The reward now stands at $25,000 for information explaining the deaths of the two victims.

A memorial walk around Green Lake in Seattle is set for 8 p.m. On Sunday. Mary Cooper's coworkers started the tradition her husband has embraced since.