The Anderson's story is derived mainly from the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer and the News Tribune.
Until the evening of May 17th, 1995, the Anderson's
- parents of four and grandparents of seven - spent their last 15 years
of winters in Texas managing a 55 acre RV Park and summers managing their
real estate business. Until recently, they hadn't considered the aspects
of retirement or at least slowing the pace down a little.
The two had attended their grandchildren's Spring Concert
at school the evening of May 16th. After the Concert, they were seen leaving
the school, presumed to be driving directly to their home to retire for
the night. The next day there were neither return calls or any answers
to telephone calls to their home. After being missed that day, their daughter
drove to their home concerned for their whereabouts. The bodies of retired
fighter pilot Graig W. "Andy" Anderson, 62, and his wife, Anita, 60, were
found by their daughter and son-in-law that night in the Andersons' upscale
South Hill home in Pallyup, Washington.
Andy and Anita were found together, both shot in the
head multiple times, on the couch in their living room. The police detective
stated that "the victims could have been deceased for 24 hours" suggesting
they may have been shot after they arrived home on May 16th from the Spring
The Anderson's lived in a quiet neighborhood that had
been showcased in the County's first "Street of Dreams" home show. Like
most homes in the Manorwood West subdivision, their brick two-story home
had a stately façade with a professionally landscaped trimmed lawn.
Nothing in the home appeared missing, there was no indication of any forced
entry and no indication of any struggle.
Police have indicated to relatives that the victims
may have known the perpetrator(s). Additionally, the County's Medical Examiner
stated that this type of shooting is a sign of a "professional hit".
There is a significant reward available on this case.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce
County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959 or the Puyallup Police Department
tip line at 253-841-5427. Calls will be kept confidential.