Body found in Leticia Martinez-Cosman investigation

Brett Michael Gitchel and Leticia Martinez-Cosman (Seattle Police Department)

Washington state investigators investigating the disappearance of a woman last seen attending a Major League Baseball game say they have found an unidentified body in a remote area not far from the he location where the missing woman’s 24-year-old son managed to fight off an assailant after he was kidnapped from his home, police confirmed to Law&Crime.

Leticia Martinez-Cosman, 58, has been missing since attending a Mariners game at T-Mobile Park with Brett Michael Gitchel, 46, on Friday evening March 31. In a bizarre twist, authorities say that in the early morning of Sunday, April 2, Gitchel kidnapped Martinez-Cosman’s special-needs son, Patrick Cosman, and drove him around for hours before stopping the car and attempt to strangle him to death. Fortunately, Cosman was able to escape and get help before he was seriously injured.

“Seattle Police Department Homicide Detectives followed leads obtained during the investigation that resulted in the recovery of a deceased subject in the Renton area Tuesday afternoon,” Detective Judinna J wrote. SPD Public Affairs Gulpan in an email to Law&Crime. “The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will confirm the identity of the deceased and the cause and manner of death.”

The body was found less than a mile from where Cosman escaped his kidnapper/attacker, according to a report by Seattle ABC affiliate KNWN. The report said the body had been left in a roadside ditch in a cul-de-sac in an uninhabited part of Renton.

On April 5, Gitchel was arrested and charged with a series of crimes related to the kidnapping and assault of Cosman, including attempted first degree murder, first degree kidnapping and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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