Husband arrested in connection with 2006 murder of Lynnwood woman

Martin and Nicole Pietz

There’s been a big break in the murder of a Lynnwood-area woman.

32-year-old Nicole Pietz disappeared from her home in the 15400 block of 35th Avenue West in January 2006. Her body was found about a week later in a wooded area of Burien.

Today her husband, Martin David Pietz, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder.

Our news partners at The Seattle Times spoke with Nicole’s mother, Gael Schneider.

“It could not have been anyone else. I couldn’t believe they didn’t make an arrest sooner,” said Schneider, speaking from her home in Surprise, Ariz.

Detectives said they have kept an extra close eye on Martin Pietz since 2006. The 34-year-old man manages a Chase Bank Branch in Kirkland, according to his Facebook page.

Since his wife’s death, Martin Pietz has twice been cited with driving with a suspended license and once for negligent driving. According to a criminal records search, he pleaded guilty to negligent driving in Snohomish County and was given a suspended jail sentence.

The Times says Martin Pietz has denied any involvement all along.

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