Murderer-rapist Warren Forrest up for parole

Warren Forrest in side-by-side photos from the 1970s and his most recent prison photo (April 18, 2014, KOIN 6 News file)
Warren Forrest in side-by-side photos from the 1970s and his most recent prison photo (April 18, 2014, KOIN 6 News file)

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KOIN) — For more than 30 years, Warren Forrest has been imprisoned for murdering a Clark County woman in 1979.

But he’s up again for parole.

In 1979 he was convicted of killing Krista Kay Blake, a 19-year-old from Vancouver. Her body was found on Clark County Parks property in a shallow grave, partially disrobed with her hands and feet hogtied.

In an audio recording of his parole hearing in February, Forrest recalled details of crimes he’s been convicted of and reiterated he’s a different person than the person he was 40 years ago.

“…forcing the victim to undress and during a struggle I choked the victim to death.”

Forrest was also the prime suspect in the disappearance of Jamie Grissim, who was last seen Dec. 7, 1971.

Jamie Grissim was 16 when she went missing after school on December 7, 1971. Her purse, ID and other possessions were found in the woods northeast of Vancouver, near the remains of two other people in 1972.

Starr Lara's older sister, Jamie Grissim, was last seen on Dec. 7, 1971. The Vancouver woman still wants answers. (May 8, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
Starr Lara’s older sister, Jamie Grissim, was last seen on Dec. 7, 1971. The Vancouver woman still wants answers. (May 8, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

Her sister, Starr Lara, said she still has questions about what exactly happened to Jamie.

Having her sister’s remains would help her have a sense of closure and she said the one person who knows where those remains are is Warren Forrest.

He has never said a word about it.

“It’s always bothered me that he just threw her out somewhere,” she said.

Lara said she’s forgiven Forrest, “but I do want to know how it happened that day. Where did he pick her up? How did he pick her up?”

While the parole board has not ruled, they said they still have concerns about releasing Forrest, who has not had a prison incident since 1993.

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